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Course Description & Learning Outcomes

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I’m just going to put it out there-motor speech is hard.  Is it Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) or not?  How do I know for sure? What do I do to help?!  Are the speech police going to come take my C’s away if I don’t do it right?  This week, Apraxia extraordinaire Mike Bright returns, offering illuminating  tools and strategies to help you look at (and listen to) your students’ speech sound challenges in a whole new way. If you’re a CAS newbie, you might want to tune in to previous episodes with Mike to get the basics before diving in here.  This episode is the first of its kind on SLP Nerdcast, blending engaging case study audio with a graphic organizer on steroids to help improve your clinical ear and motor speech-related reasoning.  Get the scoop on what to listen for to help you answer those tough motor speech differential dx questions and apply theory to practice as you listen along with Kate and Amy for the unique speech features often present in children with motor speech difficulties.  Tune in to get some new “ear glasses” and start seeing real progress in those tough speech cases.  No speech police, promise.  

Learn more about Mike Bright here.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify three symptoms suggestive of motor speech difficulty.
  2. Identify a framework for prioritizing treatment objectives.

Course Accommodations

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Course Presenters

Mike Bright, MS, CCC-SLP

Mike Bright is a Massachusetts-based speech-language pathologist with over 15 years experience helping children communicate more successfully. Trained and employed through Boston Children’s Hospital until very recently, he has developed an expertise in thinking about particularly difficult-to-understand speech. Mike was also selected in the inaugural Bootcamp provided through, and he has received intensive training and subsequent in-depth experience working with various motor speech disorders. He recently opened a private practice, Bright Speech and Language, LLC, where he provides comprehensive assessments, helping children and their families navigate the murky and often stormy waters of diagnosis, appropriate treatment, and progress monitoring.

SLP/BCBA; SLP Kate Grandbois (she/her) & Amy Wonkka (she/her

Kate and Amy are co-founders of SLP Nerdcast. Kate is a dually certified SLP / BCBA who works primarily as an "AAC Specialist." She owns a private practice with a focus on interdisciplinary collaboration, augmentative alternative communication intervention and assessment, and consultation. Amy is an SLP who also works as an "AAC Specialist" in a public school setting. Amy's primary interests are AAC, typical language development, motor speech, phonology, data collection, collaboration, coaching, and communication partner training and support.

Speaker Disclosures

Mike Bright Financial Disclosures: Mike is the owner of Bright Speech and Language, LLC. Non-financial: "Recognized by Apraxia Kids for Advanced Training and Expertise in Childhood Apraxia of Speech"

Kate Grandbois financial disclosures: Kate is the owner / founder of Grandbois Therapy + Consulting, LLC and co-founder of SLP Nerdcast.  Kate Grandbois non-financial disclosures: Kate is a member of ASHA, SIG 12, and serves on the AAC Advisory Group for Massachusetts Advocates for Children. She is also a member of the Berkshire Association for Behavior Analysis and Therapy (BABAT), MassABA, the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) and the corresponding Speech Pathology and Applied Behavior Analysis SIG. 

Amy Wonkka financial disclosures: Amy is an employee of a public school system and co-founder for SLP Nerdcast. Amy Wonkka non-financial disclosures: Amy is a member of ASHA, SIG 12, and serves on the AAC Advisory Group for Massachusetts Advocates for Children.

Course Disclosures - Financial and In-Kind

Funding for this course was provided by one of our Corporate SponsorsEasy Report Pro.  Easy Report Pro did not contribute to the content of this course.

Time Ordered Agenda

15 minutes: Introduction, Disclaimers and Disclosures

25 minutes:  Descriptions of a framework for organizing symptoms of motor speech difficulty

45 minutes:  Descriptions of case studies highlighting symptoms of motor speech difficulty

5 minutes: Summary and Closing

References & Resources

Shriberg, L. D., Lohmeier, H. L., Campbell, T. F., Dollaghan, C. A., Green, J. R., & Moore, C. A. (2009). A Nonword Repetition Task for Speakers With Misarticulations: The Syllable Repetition Task (SRT). Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 52(5), 1189-1212. doi:10.1044/1092-4388(2009/08-0047)


The contents of this episode are not meant to replace clinical advice.  SLP Nerdcast, its hosts and guests do not represent or endorse specific products or procedures mentioned during our episodes unless otherwise stated.  We are NOT PhDs, but we do research our material.  We do our best to provide a thorough review and fair representation of each topic that we tackle.  That being said, it is always likely that there is an article we’ve missed, or another perspective that isn’t shared.  If you have something to add to the conversation, please email us! We'd love to hear from you!

Summary Written by Tanna Neufeld, MS, CCC-SLP, Contributing Editor

Audio File Editing provided by Caitlin Akier, MA, CCC-SLP/L, Contributing Editor

Promotional Contribution provided by Paige Biglin, MS, CCC-SLP, Contributing Editor 

Web Editing provided by Sinead Rogazzo, MS, CCC-SLP, Contributing Editor

A big THANK YOU to our Corporate Sponsor, Easy Report Pro for the financial support to make this course possible!

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