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MY CHILD HAS CAS Part III: WHAT'S A PARENT TO DO?

Diane Bahr, MS, CCC-SLP

July 2012



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Read the first two paragraphs from the original blog found on Special-ism.com.

 

In Parts I (What On Earth Is CAS, and Who Has It?) and II (What Makes CAS Different from Other Speech Problems?), we discussed the differences between CAS (childhood apraxia of speech) and other speech disorders. These distinctions are important for understanding and obtaining an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment for your child. In this article, we will discuss three steps to help you attain these goals.

Step 1: Locate a Speech-Language Pathologist with Appropriate Experience

Not all speech-language pathologists (SLPs) are trained equally. The field of speech-language pathology is very broad, and SLPs have different types and levels of training and experience. Additionally, few children have what is considered “pure” CAS, so many SLPs do not gain extensive CAS experience. Therefore, try to look for an SLP who:

 

  • Knows and understands the specific characteristics of CAS versus other speech disorders (discussed in Parts I and II)
  • Has experience with appropriate assessments (Bahr, 2001, pp. 247-249) such as the Verbal Motor Production Assessment for Children, The Apraxia Profile, the Kaufman Speech Praxis Test for Children, and/or the Assessment of Verbal Dyspraxia
  • Can identify concurrent speech problems such as those found in a child who has both childhood dysarthria and CAS (discussed in Part I)
  • Explains assessment findings and treatment planning in a way that “makes sense” to you
  • Develops a detailed treatment plan that incorporates systematic, mindful and meaningful speech practice that will lead to usable speech

 

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