Treatment Options for Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS)
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Childhood apraxia of speech (CAS) is a complex motor speech disorder that often
requires lengthy treatment and may contribute, like many other speech disorders in
children, to academic and social difficulties. Speech-language pathologists treating
children with CAS need a solid understanding of motor learning principles and how
treatment for CAS differs from that of other speech sound disorders.
This journal self-study
addresses what is currently known about treatment outcomes for CAS and
explores specific treatment programs (including the PROMPT approach) that have been shown to benefit children with CAS
and are supported by evidence. Information about incorporating biofeedback, which is
not commonly used in the treatment of CAS, is also discussed, with preliminary studies
showing promising results. In addition to specific treatment programs and tools, a
discussion of how to structure and vary treatment tasks is included, with all studies
providing recommendations that can be incorporated immediately into treatment. Those
working with children with CAS understand how complicated treatment for this disorder
can be and will appreciate the clinical suggestions provided in this self-study.
You will be able to:
- Identify specific treatment programs that have been shown to lead to positive
outcomes for children with CAS
- Apply motor learning principles to the treatment of CAS
- Discuss aspects of treatment for CAS that may result in speech improvements,
including type of cues and structure and variability of practice tasks
- Explain how biofeedback can be used in CAS treatment
What is a journal self-study?
A journal self-study is a set of articles from ASHA's peer-reviewed, scholarly journals and policy documents to read at your leisure. Some journal self-studies are online and others include a printed copy.
Online, multiple-choice exam