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6th Annual Speech-Language Pathology Symposium

Friday, March 20, 2015

Duquesne University Power Center Ballroom

Dr. Jonathan Preston, CCC-SLP

Current Perspectives on Assessment &
Treatment of Childhood Apraxia and
other Speech Sound Disorders

Featured Speaker: Dr. Jonathan Preston, CCC-SLP


Dr. Jonathan Preston, CCC-SLP is a speech-language pathologist who has been working with children with speech sound disorders for 12 years. He received his Ph.D. from Syracuse University in 2008 and completed postdoctoral training at Haskins Laboratories, an affiliate of Yale University. He is an Assistant Professor in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department at Syracuse University and currently has a grant from the National Institutes of Health to study biofeedback treatments for children with persisting speech sound errors, including those with childhood apraxia of speech.


The course will provide an overview of assessment and treatment approaches for preschool and school-age children with childhood apraxia of speech and other speech sound disorders. Diagnostic features will be explored with emphasis on differentiating CAS from other subtypes of speech sound disorders. Evidence base treatment options will be reviewed, with a focus on motor learning principles. Examples of treatment programs that implement these principles will be presented, including Integral Stimulation, Rapid Syllable Transition Training, and biofeedback.

Learner Outcomes:

Participants will be able to:
1. List the primary features of CAS as defined by ASHA (2007)
2. Differentiate between motor learning and performance
3. Describe two practice and two feedback factors that facilitate motor learning
4. Explain how motor learning principles are implemented within Dynamic Temporal and Tactile cueing, ReST, or ultrasound biofeedback

8:30-9:00 Registration and sign-in
9:00-9:30 Defining childood apraxia of speech : Core Features, differentiating CAS from other subtypes of SSD
9:30-10:30 Assessment considerations
10:30-10:45 Break
10:45-11:15 Target selection, Strategies for acquisitions/performance (stimulability, perception training, chaining, Core Vocabulary
11:15-12:00 Introducing principles of motor learning (feedback & practice)
12:00-12:50 Lunch
12:50-1:50 Programs that implement motor learning principles : Rapid Syllable Transition Training, Integral Stimulation/Dynamic Temporal & Tactile Cueing
1:50-2:00 Break
2:00-2:40 Ultrasound biofeedback
2:40-3:00 Nonspeech oral motor exercises and CAS
3:00-3:15 Q&A

Tuition fee per person
Registration by March 1, 2015 $150.00 (Includes continental breakfast, lunch and parking)
Duquesne SLP Alumni/ae $50.00 please include maiden name (if appropriate) and year of graduation on registration
**Current and past Clinical Instructors/Sueprvisors of Duquesne SLP graduate students Free

Funding to support registration for Duquesne University externship Clinical Instructors is provided in part by a grant from PNC

ASHA: This program is offered for .50 CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area). ASHA account number required for ASHA registry.