Institute for Educational Development

Live Online
7:00 am – 1:30 pm

March 22, 2022

$279.00 per person

Childhood Apraxia of Speech: Powerful Treatment Strategies for More Intelligible Speech

NEW Seminar Presented By
Kelly Vess

Outstanding Speech Language Pathologist, Author and Presenter

Specifically Designed for Speech Language Pathologists Serving Children from Birth through Sixth Grade with Childhood Apraxia of Speech

  • Highly effective strategies to treat Child Apraxia of Speech (CAS) and other speech sound disorders … Proven ideas for in-person and remote therapy environments
  • New and innovative cueing strategies for increased participation, quicker therapy gains, and greater generalization
  • Differentiate CAS from other speech sound disorders to more effectively individualize treatment
  • Receive an extensive Childhood Apraxia of Speech digital resource handbook full of information on how to provide best practice in the assessment, intervention and generalization phases for speech sound disorders you can use immediately

Practical Strategies and Materials

In this outstanding NEW seminar, highly experienced speech-language pathologist, presenter and clinical researcher Kelly Vess, will present the most effective evidence-based strategies to treat Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS). Kelly will share highly practical ways to substantially improve communication skills for children with CAS and other speech sound disorders who must overcome multiple challenges in learning to speak clearly. Each strategy Kelly shares will be clearly illustrated in a digital video format with interactive forms for your active participation. Using step-by-step guided practice opportunities, Kelly will show you how you can create your own highly effective therapy lessons as you infuse your unique strengths into these powerful evidence-based strategies.

You will leave this seminar empowered with the latest cutting-edge strategies to help you significantly increase therapy outcomes for all children with Childhood Apraxia of Speech and other sound disorders by applying evidence-based strategies proven in both in-person and teletherapy environments.

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. Maximize Your Effectiveness in Treating Childhood Apraxia of Speech and other Speech Sound Disorders, In-Person and Online
    Learn the most effective and cutting-edge therapy techniques to increase the effectiveness of your therapy for CAS and other speech sound disorders whether your therapy is in-person, online or in a hybrid environment
  2. Utilize a Neurodivergent Approach Based on Neurological Differences Prevalent in Children with CAS
    Children with CAS don’t learn to speak clearly through simple exposure to speech due to neurological differences in the brain … Learn proven ways to incorporate a distinct approach based on recognition of weaknesses and strengths prevalent in children with this disorder
  3. Apply Evidence-Based Strategies to Effectively Treat Diverse Groups of Children with Speech Sound Disorders
    Use powerful evidence-based strategies that ameliorate speech sound disorders, ranging in severity from simple distortions of sounds to severe CAS
  4. Understand the Latest Cutting-Edge Research on CAS and What it Means for Your Therapy Program
    Learn what the very latest research has found to be the most effective strategies in not only treating CAS but also other speech sound disorders
  5. Infuse Evidence-Based Practices with Your Unique Expertise to Advance Therapy
    After evaluating therapy clips, you will be guided to create your own interventions using your own personal knowledge and experience
  6. Select the Most Appropriate Treatment Targets Based on Dynamic Assessments
    Learn how to use Dynamic, Tactile, Temporal Cueing (DTTC) to maximally cue children to select challenging goals within reach
  7. Significantly Improve the Intelligibility of Speech for Children with CAS: Create Optimal Therapy Results
    Learn proven ways to select the most complex treatment targets that are attainable for each child
  8. Efficiently Change Entire Sound Systems through Complex Target Selection
    Learn how to ignite optimal gains so that later developing sounds promote spontaneous development of early developing sounds
  9. Select Treatment Targets that Can be Used to Promote Generalization
    Make meaningful use of the same treatment target across activities, settings and people resulting in quicker gains that are more resistant to loss … Here’s how
  10. Receive a Detailed CAS Speech Sound Disorders Therapy Digital Resource Handbook
    Have information at your fingertips for therapy in how to provide best practice in the assessment, intervention, and generalization phases in an extensive digital handbook that you’ll receive at this intensive day of training … Ideal for use in-person and in remote therapy

Specific Topics

Here's what you'll learn:
  • How to differentiate CAS from other speech sound disorders to individualize the most effective therapy
  • How to Identify “red flagsfor language and literacy delays to proactively create a comprehensive treatment plan
  • Strategies to dynamically assess speech to help you select the most appropriate treatment targets to ignite optimal change
  • Engaging activities that build relationships and comprehensively treat students
  • Powerful therapy techniques that effectively treat CAS as well as speech sound disorders in general
  • Ways to globally impact language and literacy skills when targeting speech goals to create system-wide change
  • How to select the most appropriate treatment targets that carry over across natural environments
  • Innovative ways to use digital media to efficiently educate caregivers and other vested adults as intervention partners
  • Powerful cueing techniques specifically developed by Kelly that reliably result in impressive gains
  • Hands-on activities for home practice that provide active learning opportunities for both students and their caregivers
  • How to create individualized interventions for your students using a wide base of evidence-based strategies
  • How to dynamically assess the progression of CAS as it evolves into phonological disorders and articulation impairments with progress over time

A Message from Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

As a school-based speech-language-pathologist, my successes and failures in both providing and researching clinical practice over the past 17 years have enabled me to develop interventions that truly make a difference. It’s been my experience that best practice is possible, even in the face of real-world constraints.

In this seminar, you’ll learn how to combine maximally effective strategies from multiple disciplines to comprehensively and more effectively treat students. Mastering these strategies will leave you empowered to not only treat Childhood Apraxia of Speech, but also better treat speech sound disorders in general.

From years of working closely with colleagues and graduate students, it is clear that each of us brings a unique brilliance to the intervention table. During our seminar I will provide opportunities for sharing our talents and experiences that will advance our work, which will have a lifelong impact for the many children we serve. You’ll leave this seminar with numerous practical treatment ideas you can use right away.

Kelly Vess, MA, CCC-SLP

P.S. I will provide plenty of simply explained, evidence-based practices and ready-for-use activities to illustrate how we can create “best practice” in your therapy program.

Who Should Attend

Speech-Language Pathologists Serving Children from Birth through Sixth Grade 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 Kelly Vess:
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
    Each participant will receive an extensive digital resource handbook specifically designed for this seminar. The handbook includes:
    • Evidence-based strategies you can use immediately
    • Educationally rich, engaging activities that comprehensively treat your students
    • A simple step-by-step process to select treatment targets that will produce optimal change in less time
    • Cueing methods that successfully elicit accurate production of even the most difficult to produce sounds
    • Carryover methods that exponentially expedite gains across people, settings and activities
  2. Consultation Available:
    Kelly Vess will be available at the seminar for consultation regarding your questions and the unique needs of your own therapy program.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.