“My student’s speech is highly unintelligible, but he also has a very limited vocabulary and only can speak in simple sentences! Where do I begin?”
A commonly sited characteristic of children with apraxia of speech is limited or delayed expressive language. Limitations in expressive language impact a child’s ability to express their ideas clearly, and can lead to frustration for the child who has many ideas to share, but limited ability to do so.
Questions for many speech-language pathologists are, “How can I work on all of these goals in the limited amount of time the child is in therapy?” or “How do I determine what is having the greatest impact on the child’s ability to communicate effectively so that I can prioritize the goals most effectively?
In this workshop, principles for structuring language intervention to support vocabulary, longer and more complex sentence usage, and grammar skills in the context of speech praxis treatment in children with severe speech sound disorders will be discussed. Ideas for how speech-related goals and language-related goals can be addressed simultaneously and, therefore, more efficiently through thoughtful treatment planning will be provided. A central theme of this online seminar will be to find ways to make the treatment both effective and enjoyable for children. Case studies and development of treatment goals will be addressed.
Following this workshop, participants will be able to:
· Describe areas of language that may be delayed in children with CAS.
· Discuss the importance of target utterance selection on the development of expressive language in children with CAS.
· Choose treatment targets that simultaneously support development of expressive language and motor speech skills.
· Choose games and activities, as well as tablet apps that support expressive language development in children.
· Develop a treatment plan for a child with complex communication needs.
Minutes 1 - 10 Overview of linguistic challenges impacting children with CAS
Minutes 11 - 23 Addressing vocabulary development
Minutes 24 – 55 Addressing syntax and morphology
Minutes 56 – 65 Games and activities to promote expressive language skills
Minutes 66 – 75 Case study: developing a treatment plan and prioritizing goals for a child with complex communicative needs
Minutes 75 - 90 Questions and Answers