Working with very young, minimally verbal children requires SLPs to differentially diagnose between a delay and a disorder. When Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) is suspected, a different path of intervention must be followed based on the principles of motor learning. Before appropriate treatment can be provided, the correct diagnos is must be determined. There are plenty of assessment tools available for use with older, more verbal children, but this seminar will focus on the differential diagnosis of minimally verbal children in which a motor planning disorder is suspected. Characteristics of CAS will be compared and contrasted with other diagnoses of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Dysarthria, Phonological Disorder, and Expressive Language Delay.
- Summarize why CAS can be difficult to diagnose in very young children and when it is clinically appropriate to make the formal diagnosis.
- Compare and contrast the clinical symptoms of sCAS with autism spectrum disorder, dysarthria, phonological disorder and expressive language delay.
- Justify a working diagnosis of CAS in very young, minimally verbal children by documenting specific signs and symptoms consistent with a motor planning disorder.
Minutes 1-2 Introduction
Minutes 3-10 Etiologies of CAS; Who Diagnoses CAS
Minutes 11-15 Why CAS is Difficult to Diagnose; Using a Working Diagnosis
Minutes 16-26 Key Diagnostic Features of CAS in Minimally Verbal Children
Minutes 27-37 Differential Diagnosis: sCAS & Autism Spectrum Disorder
Minutes 38-48 Differential Diagnosis: sCAS & Dysarthria
Minutes 49-59 Differential Diagnosis: sCAS & Phonological Disorder
Minutes 60-70 Differential Diagnosis: sCAS & Expressive Language Delay
Minutes 71-90 Question and Answer