Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, June 20, 2013—The Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA) will host its 2013 National Conference on Childhood Apraxia of Speech in Denver, Colorado on July 11-July 13, 2013, at the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center. This year’s conference theme, “Reaching High for the Future” will address all aspects of speech, language, and learning for children impacted by apraxia.
“The National Conference on Childhood Apraxia of Speech is totally unique,” said Kathy Hennessy, Director of Education for CASANA, the only national 501(c)3 nonprofit public charity exclusively dedicated to children with CAS and their families. “Nowhere else can professionals and parents both find in depth and specialized learning sessions at their individual level on just about anything related to apraxia. We can’t wait to welcome people to the conference in Denver.”
This year, CASANA expects more than 300 families and professionals to attend, representing over 40 states, Australia and Canada. The conference kicks off on Thursday, July 11 with three pre-conference seminars, including “A Parent’s Guide to Childhood Apraxia of Speech,” Dynamic Assessment: How It Can Help Determine Presence, Severity, and Prognosis in Childhood Apraxia of Speech,” “ReST: A New Treatment for Prosody and Speech Accuracy for School-Aged Children with Childhood Apraxia of Speech.” Pre-conference sessions will be followed by an opening reception and the Keynote Address, “A Synopsis of the 2013 Childhood Apraxia of Speech Research Symposium,” delivered by Kathy Jakielski, Ph.D. of Augustana College. Friday and Saturday will transition into a series of sessions including topics on assessment, treatment, educational issues, the nature of CAS, literacy, older children, and current research by nationally recognized experts. Sessions will be presented by 30 different speakers, all who have generously donated their time.
The Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield and Morrison & Foerster provided funding for parent scholarships to attend the conference.
Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) is a very challenging and complicated speech disorder in children. This little known disorder makes it difficult or impossible for children to accurately produce sounds, syllables and/or words. CASANA, based in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, provides support and information; raises awareness; provides education for both professionals and families; and funds and promotes proper research for the future generations of children that will be affected. The organization was founded in 2000 with the exclusive mission to strengthen the support systems in the lives of children with apraxia, so that each child has their best opportunity to develop speech.