Institute for Educational Development

Live Online
8:00 am – 2:30 pm

May 1, 2023

$279.00 per person

CHILDHOOD APRAXIA OF SPEECH: Practical Treatment Strategies for More Intelligible Speech (Grades PreK-8)

NEW Seminar Presented By
Laura Smith

Award-Winning Speech-Language Pathologist and National Presenter

Specifically Designed for School-Based Speech-Language Pathologists Serving Grades PreK-8 Students with Childhood Apraxia of Speech

  • Discover a multitude of practical intervention techniques to use with students with Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS)
  • Increase intelligibility for effective communication for students with CAS through innovative and highly effective strategies from PreK to grade 8
  • Explore assessment data to inform and craft meaningful and targeted treatment goals
  • Receive an extensive Childhood Apraxia of Speech digital resource handbook full of techniques, ideas, and strategies you can use immediately

Practical Strategies and Materials

Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) is a lifelong neurological speech disorder that requires assessment and therapy techniques beyond what is needed for other speech disorders. By knowing what to assess and specific procedures for treatment, your students with CAS will produce more intelligible speech faster. LAURA BASKALL SMITH, a speechlanguage pathologist and internationally recognized speaker with a special interest in CAS and specializing in the assessment and intervention of childhood motor speech disorders, has specifically designed this seminar for school-based SLPs working with grades PreK-8 students. This one-day seminar will help you better understand CAS as a motor planning disorder. Learn how to provide a differential diagnosis and to inform treatment goals for CAS using your assessment data. Explore assessment protocols and how the principles of motor learning are woven through treatment approaches and techniques. Share ideas and practice assessment and treatment strategies through video examples. Join Laura for a fast-paced day full of the most up-to-date, research-based information on CAS and receive an extensive digital resource handbook full of techniques, ideas, and strategies you can implement immediately.

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. Differentiate Between CAS and Other Speech Disorders
    Recognize the characteristics of CAS … Understand what the differences are between CAS, articulation, a severe phonological disorder, and dysarthria
  2. Learn Practical Therapy Approaches and Techniques for Children with CAS
    Learn the most effective, evidence-based treatment approaches for CAS such as Dynamic Temporal and Tactile Cueing (DTTC), as well as effective treatment techniques including visual, tactile and kinesthetic cues to help the child with motor planning deficits
  3. Discover the Most Effective Assessment for CAS
    Learn what areas should be assessed and what assessment tools are available for differentiating CAS from other speech disorders … Laura will provide case studies and examples for review and practice
  4. Improve Your Ability to Determine Appropriate Services for Children with CAS
    Students with CAS may also present with a concomitant language disorder or learning disabilities that can be confounded by a CAS diagnosis … Learn how CAS may impact students’ learning … Learn how strategies and techniques for CAS such as multi-sensory cueing can also help students academically in reading and writing
  5. Expand Your Understanding of the Principles of Motor Learning
    Understand what the principles of motor learning are and why they are important in making treatment decisions for children with CAS to more quickly improve motor planning, and thus intelligibility of your students
  6. Review Case Studies to Assist in a Differential Diagnosis
    Through discussing case studies with your colleagues, gain a better understanding of how to diagnose CAS
  7. Discover Creative Avenues to Increase the Intensity of Your Intervention
    Research suggests that frequent and intense practice is needed for success when working with students with CAS … Explore avenues to increase this intensity without overburdening your caseload
  8. Maximize Your Students’ Time During Treatment
    Learn how to target the speech motor sequences for your students for greater success … Therapy ideas to save you valuable time
  9. Discover What Resources are Available for CAS
    Explore the resources available for professionals and parents to increase understanding and keep abreast of the most current information regarding CAS
  10. Receive an Extensive CAS Digital Resource Handbook to Expand Your Therapy Tool Kit
    Receive a detailed CAS digital resource handbook that includes resources, references, and instructions on how to utilize these powerful assessments and therapy techniques

Specific Topics

Here's what you'll learn:
  • Evidence-based techniques and therapy protocols for working successfully with students with CAS
  • Specific ways to identify the differences between CAS, phonological and articulation disorders, and dysarthria and how to more effectively help your students improve their speech production
  • Key elements of a dynamic assessment for CAS … How to recognize the characteristics of CAS
  • How to interpret assessment results and directly apply them to create treatment plans
  • Identify appropriate therapy targets that facilitate motor learning and support functional communication
  • How to use diagnostic information to craft meaningful and targeted goals to address speech motor planning
  • Comorbid diagnoses that may accompany CAS
  • Creative avenues to increase the frequency and intensity of intervention
  • The principles of motor learning and why they are important in making treatment decisions for students with CAS
  • Practical, usable therapy techniques to improve the intelligibility of speech for children with CAS
  • Different types of feedback, essential for acquisition and carryover for generalization to occur
  • Speech strategies for implementation in reading and writing for students with concomitant language or literacy disabilities
  • A multitude of resources, materials, and video demonstrations you can use immediately with your own students

A Message from Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

I was a practicing school-based SLP for many years before my first-born child was diagnosed first with a speech delay and then with Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS).

No amount of schooling could have prepared me for the parent experience and the stress that comes with having a child diagnosed with a severe speech/ language disorder like CAS. Determined to help my daughter, I went on an exhaustive quest to specialize in CAS, a quest that definitively changed the course of my professional career. A quest that has led me here, presenting to you on this complex, complicated, and fascinating disorder!

I’m so excited to be presenting to you on my passion: Childhood Apraxia of Speech! In our day together, my goal is to provide you with the most up-to-date and research-based information on the diagnosis and treatment of CAS. I also hope to convey the personal impact of severe speech/language disorders on the student and their family to equip you to better serve your students with CAS.

As an experienced SLP, I know firsthand the unique challenges of high caseloads, deadlines, paperwork, and service delivery in the schools. That’s why everything I present will be highly practical – practical strategies, techniques, and activities – all of which you can implement immediately. It’s my goal that you leave feeling renewed, empowered, and reminded of the incredible service you offer to the students you work with – the gift of communication.

Join me for a day full of the latest research-based information on CAS to help this distinct and special population.

Laura Baskall Smith, MA CCC-SLP

P.S. This seminar will provide real-life illustrations and video examples of strategies and activities that you can implement the very next day in your therapy.

Who Should Attend

School-Based SpeechLanguage Pathologists Serving Grades PreK-8 Students with Childhood Apraxia of Speech


This course is offered for 0.50 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).

ASHA Approved

ASHA-Required Disclosure Statement for Laura Smith:
Presenter for the Institute for Educational Development and receives honorarium compensation.
No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.

Special Benefits of Attending:

  1. You'll Receive an Extensive Resource Handbook
    You will receive an extensive digital resource handbook specifically designed for this seminar. The handbook includes:
    • How to diagnose CAS and assessments to assist in determining if CAS is present
    • Sample treatment goals and ways to use assessment results to inform your treatment goals
    • Ways to identify appropriate therapy targets that facilitate motor learning
    • Easy-to-implement treatment strategies for grades PreK-8 students with CAS
    • How to use principles of motor learning to first promote acquisition and then carryover
  2. Meet and Share:
    This seminar provides a wonderful opportunity for participants to share ideas with other SLPs interested in the latest evidence-based techniques and therapy protocols for working successfully with students with CAS.
  3. Consultation Available:
    This seminar provides a wonderful opportunity for participants to share ideas with other SLPs interested in the latest evidence-based techniques and therapy protocols for working successfully with students with CAS.
  4. Semester Credit Option:
    UMASS Logo Graduate level professional development credit is available with an additional fee and completion of follow up practicum activities. Details for direct enrollment with University of Massachusetts Global, a nonprofit affiliate of the University of Massachusetts, will be available at the seminar.
  5. Meet Inservice Requirements:
    At the end of the program, each attendee will receive a certificate of participation that may be used to verify hours of participation in meeting continuing education requirements.