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Learning Outcomes and Course Description

In this session, the complexity of the childhood apraxia of speech diagnosis is discussed.  This course also reviews at least two common misconceptions of childhood apraxia of speech as well as strategies that can be used to communicate with families.

As a result of this activity, participants will:

  • Describe at least two reasons why diagnosing childhood apraxia of speech is particularly challenging
  • Describe how symptoms can be more or less indicative of childhood apraxia of speech
  • Describe at least two common misconceptions related to childhood apraxia of speech
  • Describe a strategy that can be used with families when there is uncertainty related to diagnosis


About the Speakers

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.

Mike Bright, MS, CCC-SLP

Mike Bright is a Massachusetts-based speech-language pathologist with nearly 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 Apraxia-Kids.org, 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.

Speaker Disclosures

Kate Grandbois has the following relevant financial relationships to disclose: 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 has the following relevant financial relationships to disclose: 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.

Mike Bright has the following relevant financial relationships to disclose: Mike Bright is the owner of Bright Speech and Language, LLC. Mike Bright has the following nonfinancial relationships to disclose: Mike is recognized by Apraxia Kids for Advanced Training and Clinical Expertise in Childhood Apraxia of Speech.




Time Ordered Agenda

10 MIN Introductions and Backgrounds
5 MIN Describe at least two reasons why diagnosing childhood apraxia of speech is particularly challenging
20 MIN Review case studies and describe how symptoms can be more or less indicative of childhood apraxia of speech
10 MIN Review misconceptions related to childhood apraxia of speech
5 MIN Describe a strategy that can be used with families when there is uncertainty related to diagnosis
10 MIN Closing, Discussion, and Questions


Disclaimer

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! Wed love to hear from you!



In-Kind Support

This course was originally published as part of SLP-Live, an online conference that took place in February 2020.  At that time  the following companies provided in kind support through product offerings, services, and/or discounts to giveaway to attendees at no charge: Vooks, The Speech Chick, The Digital SLP, Swivel Scheduler, Creative Speech Lab, What Should Danny Do?, SLP Now, Bridges, The Speech Tree Co, SLP Toolkit, Northern Speech Services, Speech Time Fun, Peachie Speechie, SLP Nerdcast, and Tassel Learning.