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Digital Seminar

Childhood Apraxia of Speech: Differential Diagnosis & Treatment

Amy Skinder-Meredith, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
6 Hours 25 Minutes
Audio and Video
Mar 29, 2017
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  • Diagnose confidently and accurately
  • Implement rewarding and functional motor learning principals
  • Treatment techniques via video demonstrations
  • Incorporate phonemic and phonological awareness into motor speech therapy

  • Do you work with children who have Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS)?
  • Are you challenged with how to diagnose it, as well as how to treat it?
  • If you answered yes, to either question, this workshop is for you!

Join Amy Skinder-Meredith, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, an expert in motor speech disorders, and learn effective assessment techniques that will allow you to be more confident in your diagnosis. Case examples of both English and Spanish speaking children will be used to guide us in careful observations pertinent to differential diagnosis and determining the relative contribution of various factors to the child’s communication disorder. We will focus on where to begin treatment and how to provide ongoing treatment for these children. Much of the emphasis on treatment will include implementing motor learning principles along with systematic, careful construction of stimuli that is both rewarding and functional for the client. You will learn fun ways to incorporate phonological awareness into speech therapy in a way that promotes a positive self-esteem. Treatment techniques will be demonstrated through video examples and will apply to a variety of ages and levels of severity. You will also learn the latest research regarding literacy issues found in children with CAS.


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NOTE: Tuition includes one free CE Certificate (participant will be able to print the certificate of completion after completing the on-line post-test (80% passing score) and completing the evaluation). 

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Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists - Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists

This course contains 6.0 hours of self-study continuing education. It was not offered for ASHA CEUs. Please retain your certificate of completion. If audited for ASHA Certification Maintenance, you can submit this certificate of completion at that time. For state licensure, teacher certification renewal, or other credential renewal, contact those agencies for information about your reporting responsibilities and requirements.

Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists - California Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the California Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board, #PDP 319. This course meets the qualifications for 6.0 hours of self-study continuing professional development credit for Speech-Language Pathologists or Audiologists, as required by the California Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board.

Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists - Florida Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the Florida Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. Provider Number: 50-399. This self-study course qualifies for 6.0 continuing education credits. 

Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists - Kansas Speech-Language Pathologists

Approved for 7.5 self-study continuing education clock hours for Kansas licensed Speech-Language Pathologists by the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services.

Other Professions

This self-study activity qualifies for 6.25 continuing education clock hours as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your activity advertisement and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements.



Amy Skinder-Meredith, Ph.D., CCC-SLP's Profile

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Clinical Associate Professor

Washington State University

Amy Skinder-Meredith, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, received her doctorate from the University of Washington and her M.S. from the University of Arizona. She is an associate clinical professor at Washington State University in Spokane. She is an experienced clinician who has worked in the public school, hospital, and private practice settings. Her primary clinical and research interest is in children with motor speech disorders, and she has published and presented her research on childhood apraxia of speech (CAS) at national conferences. She is investigating the phonological awareness and early reading skills of children with CAS and developing treatment efficacy studies for various CAS treatment techniques Dr. Skinder-Meredith has given numerous workshops for practicing speech-language pathologists across the country on assessment and treatment of CAS.

Speaker Disclosures: 

Financial: Amy Skinder-Meredith is employed by Washington State University.  She receives a speaking honorarium and royalties from the Childhood Apraxia Association of North America.  She receives a speaking honorarium from  She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.  She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Amy Skinder-Meredith is on the professional advisory board for the Childhood Apraxia Association of North America and 

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Target Audience

Speech-Language Pathologists


  • List three key characteristics of CAS.
  • Differentially diagnose apraxia of speech from phonologic delay, dysarthria, and other communication disorders that can result in speech delay.
  • Explain two of the motor learning principles and how they apply to treatment of children with CAS.
  • Implement treatment for children with CAS using Dynamic Tactile and Temporal Cuing.
  • Incorporate phonemic and phonological awareness into motor speech therapy.
  • Know how to adapt curriculum materials for children who are unintelligible.


Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS): An Overview

  • Developmental motor speech disorders
  • Model of speech production
  • Different beliefs on the underlying nature of CAS
  • Characteristics of CAS
  • Video and audio examples

Evaluating CAS

  • The pitfalls of misdiagnosis
  • Differentiate from other causes of speech disorders
  • Assessment techniques designed to differently diagnose
  • Phonologic impairment versus CAS versus dysarthria
  • Determine the relative contribution of apraxia, phonologic impairment, dysarthria, cognition, and language to the child’s communication disorder
  • Video case examples and discussion

Principles of Motor Learning and How it Applies to Treatment of CAS

  • Precursors to motor learning
  • Conditions of practice
  • Practice variability
  • Types of feedback

Treatment of CAS

  • Key principles that are the most important to the treatment
  • Clinical decision making in treatment and treatment planning
  • Examples of various bottom-up therapy techniques
  • Dynamic Temporal and Tactile Cueing (DTTC)
  • Treatment for the non-verbal child
  • Data collection and documenting progress

Incorporate Phonological Awareness and Early Literacy Skills

  • Key elements to address that will improve both phonological awareness and speech
  • Adaptive tools that are easy to use for teaching phonological awareness, speech, literacy, and language
  • Benefits of intensive therapy summer camp models that address motor speech, phonological awareness, early literacy skills, and language



Overall:      4.8

Total Reviews: 10


Haylie M

"The presenter was very engaging and humorous and presented knowledge in a clear manner with numerous examples. "

Elizabeth B

"I thoroughly enjoyed this presentation. It was very well presented, with enough challenge to keep it mentally stimulating and enough practical information to use in treatment sessions immediately. I feel much more confident now in my ability to adequately and appropriately treat CAS than prior to completing this course. Loved Dr. Skinner-Meredith! "

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