Childhood apraxia of speech (CAS), a motor speech disorder that makes it difficult for children to say sounds, syllables and words, will be the main focus of the Department of Speech-Language Pathology’s sixth annual symposium.
Dr. Jonathan L. Preston, assistant professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Syracuse University, will present the event’s keynote address, Current Perspectives on Assessment and Treatment of Childhood Apraxia and Other Speech Sound Disorders, at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, March 20, in the Power Center Ballroom.
“Childhood apraxia is difficult to distinguish from other types of speech disorders, so it is important that speech-language pathologists are informed about recent advances in its diagnosis and treatment,” explained Dr. Megan Overby, associate professor of speech-language pathology. “The department felt this topic was an important one for our symposium because of the high degree of professional interest in recent developments in the management of the disorder.”
In addition to his address, Preston will provide symposium participants with an overview of assessment and treatment approaches for children with CAS and other speech sound disorders, discuss treatment options and show examples of treatment to local speech-language pathologists.
“It will truly be an honor to learn from Dr. Preston at this year’s symposium,” said Dr. Heather Rusiewicz, assistant professor of speech-language pathology. “Similar to the mission of the Department of Speech-Language Pathology, Dr. Preston uniquely integrates empirical research with current clinical practice, particularly in the area of the impact of biofeedback on the management of individuals with childhood apraxia of speech. He is at the forefront of the investigation of childhood apraxia of speech and is a vital asset, not only to professionals and students but to patients and their families.”