Metro Speech-Language Symposium
Pre-Conference January 30, 2015
Denver Marriott South at Park Meadows
10345 Park Meadows Drive
Lone Tree, Colorado 80124
Toll Free: 1-800-686-2767 or 303-925-0004
Please join us for the 2015 Pre- Conference featuring Dr. Amy Skinder-Meredith.
Childhood Apraxia of Speech: Assessment, Treatment and Early Literacy Skills
Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) is a pediatric motor speech disorder that baffles many speech language pathologists in terms of how to diagnose it, as well as how to treat it. This session will provide information on the nature of CAS and what to include in the assessment that will allow the clinician to be more confident in his/her diagnosis. Case examples will be provided and discussed to guide the participant in careful observations pertinent to differential diagnosis and determining the relative contribution of various factors to the child’s communication disorder. The seminar will also focus on where to begin treatment and how to provide ongoing treatment for children with CAS. Much of the emphasis on treatment will include implementing motor learning principles along with systematic, careful construction of stimuli that is both rewarding and functional for the client. Treatment techniques will be discussed and demonstrated through video examples and will apply to a variety of ages and levels of severity. In addition strategies for incorporating early literacy skills will be presented.
Dr. Amy Skinder-Meredith received her doctorate from the University of Washington and her M.S. from the University of Arizona She is currently a clinical associate professor at Washington State University in Spokane. She is an experienced clinician who has worked in public schools, hospitals, and private practice settings. Her primary clinical and research interest is in children with motor speech disorders, and she has published and presented her research on Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) at national conferences.