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Upcoming Event: 2009 National Conference on Childhood Apraxia of Speech

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For the sixth year, CASANA will present a summer educational event on Childhood Apraxia of Speech, July 9 – 11, 2009. This year the Conference will take place in St. Charles, Illinois at the Pheasant Run Resort. Pheasant Run is less than one hour from Chicago with easy access to O'Hare International Airport, as well as Midway Airport.

The conference will feature nationally recognized experts in the field of apraxia and special education, who will generously donate their time to share their expertise with families and professionals. Speakers this year include;
  • Carol Afflerbaugh, M.A., CCC-SLP, BCBA
  • Sue Caspari, M.A., CCC-SLP
  • Margaret (Dee) Fish, M.S., CCC-SLP
  • Sharon Gretz, M.ED.
  • David W. Hammer, M.A., CCC-SLP
  • Kenda Hammer, M.Ed.
  • Deborah Hayden, CCC-SLP, SL-P©, Reg.CASLPO
  • Kathy J. Jakielski, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
  • Nancy Kaufman, M.A., CCC-SLP
  • Amy Skinder-Meredith, Ph.D, CCC-SLP
  • Amy Newmeyer, M.D.
  • Lawrence Shriberg, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
  • Ruth Stoeckel, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
  • Edythe Strand, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BC-NCD

The Conference will present 33 sessions over a 3 day period. Topics will cover various methods of treatment for CAS, neurologic factors of CAS, executive function, strategies for IEP meetings, AAC, the history of CAS, phonemic and phonological awareness for children with CAS, social skills for children with CAS, alternative therapies for CAS, tests and measurements, behavioral issues, issues for older children, educational transitions, and advocacy.

For the first time this year, CASANA will be presenting Poster Sessions featuring research conducted by students from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois. Poster titles include;

* Early Vocal and Feeding Behaviors in Infants and Toddlers Who Were Later Diagnosed with CAS.
* Differential Diagnosis of Fluency Disorders in Children with CAS.
* Diagnosing CAS: Comparing Results from Six Standardized Measures.

With registration well under way, participants will be coming from far and wide to attend the National Conference. Participants represent five countries in addition to the U.S, including; Africa, Bavaria, Canada, the Netherlands and Singapore. Additionally there are 32 states within the U.S. represented by Conference participants. In the past, the National Conference has been attended by speech-language pathologists, general education and special education administrators, elementary, middle school and high school teachers, psychologists, paraprofessionals, preschool administrators and teachers, higher education faculty and professional development staff. CASANA is an ASHA approved provider of continuing education activities and will offer 1.2 credits for this Conference.

For more information on the Conference please contact Conference Director, Kathy Bauer at 412-343-7102 or [email protected] For more information about CASANA, Please visit their website at: Apraxia-Kids.org

Tags: News of the Week March 2009 Newsletter