Sunday, March 10, 2013

Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS)


While I am very new to blogging, this being my first post, I am most definitely not new to speech - language pathology! I am about to complete my 29th year in field (at the end of March). Many things in this field have changed since I began practicing in March, 1984.

Fairly recently, I have been treating several Pre-K and kindergarten-aged children for Childhood Apraxia of Speech-CAS. While this disorder has been around as long as I have been practicing, recent studies and seminars have brought new information to light. In a nutshell, here is what I have found to be necessary for children with CAS to make progress:  1) PRACTICE--more is definitely better; 2) cueing for correct placement (I will post a video I made for a parent about this), 3) specific feedback (e.g. "you put your lips together-good job!," 4) motivation-activities must be engaging and motivating.  To that end, I have created a packet designed specifically for young children with CAS.  I will post pictures demonstrating it in action next week.  While I have given suggestions for use, come up with your own uses and let me know what works for your students!  So, I proudly introduce the Playful Puppies! This packet includes articulation cards for the /p/, /b/ and /m/ sounds as well as cards to address comprehension and use of prepositions, basic shapes and colors.  There is also an open-ended game board and bingo cards all featuring the "puppies" theme. The link to this packet is here:

I have freebies on my TpT store, so please check them out and PLEASE leave me some feedback!  My TpT store is here:

Tracy W. Morlan, M.A. CCC-SLP

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