Assessment and intervention for childhood apraxia of speech
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Title: Assessment and Intervention for Childhood Apraxia of Speech

Presenter: Heather M. Clark, Ph.D. CCC-SLP BC-ANCDS


Course Description: Speech sound disorders in children are common, yet assessment and management of these communication disorders can be challenging, particularly when motor speech impairments are contributing to the larger clinical picture.  This course will equip speech clinicians to characterize the relative contribution of phonologic, articulatory, and/or motor speech impairment to a child’s speech sound disorder.  This course will further explore in detail methods for managing childhood apraxia of speech. Many clinical examples will be presented and discussion encouraged.


Time-Ordered Outline:

       Session 1: Foundational concepts

  • Defining phonology, articulation, and motor speech
  • Reviewing theories and frameworks that inform clinical decision making

                      Coffee break

                       Session 2: Assessment

  • Purposes: differential diagnosis, treatment planning, outcome assessment
  • Tools and methods: purposes and limitations of standardized instruments, need for and advantages of skilled perceptual judgments, integrating information for sound clinical decision making


       Session 3: Treatment Part 1

         Coffee break

     Session 4:  Treatment Part 2


Instructional Methodologies:

  • Lecture
  • Video examples
  • Guided discussion
  • Case reviews


Learner Outcomes

Participants will be able to:

  1. Compare and contrast major categories of speech sound disorders
  2. Describe assessment procedures and interpret observations gleaned during assessment
  3. Demonstrate beginning skill in differential diagnosis of speech sound disorders
  4. Discuss factors that influence decision making in intervention for childhood apraxia of speech


Speaker Biography:


Dr. Heather Clark is chair of the Division of Speech Pathology and Associate Professor in the College of Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in the United States. Her work with childhood apraxia of speech has been strongly influenced by her mentor, Dr. Edy Strand and her colleagues Dr. Ruth Stoeckel and Ms. Becky Baas. In her role as Consultant at Mayo Clinic, she has the opportunity to assess children and adults from across the U.S. and the world, seeking to better understand the relative contribution of language, learning, and motor speech impairments to a patient’s communication impairments. She has published and presented dozens of articles, book chapters, conference abstracts, university and advanced courses on pediatric motor speech disorders. She is an award-winning researcher and teacher, fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and grandmother to Valya, a very sweet bilingual toddler.



  • Financial:
    • Mayo Clinic: Employer
    • Pro-Ed: Royalties
    • NINDS, NIDCD: Research Support
    • Honorarium
  • Nonfinancial:
    • ASHA SIG 2
    • ANCDS


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