Apraxia: Strategies, Techniques, and the Use of PPE

Erin Riojas

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ASHA Course Number: ACEF0519
Course Credits: 0.3 ASHA CEUs (3 hours); Intermediate Level, Professional Area
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This presentation will describe strategies and techniques for therapy and data collection for students with Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS). The use of personal protective equipment (PPE) specifically for oral peripheral examinations will also be covered.

Instructor Information

Lonnie Harris

Lonnie Harris, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is a retired speech-language pathologist who earned his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina. He has spent most of his 41 years in the field working with the pediatric population, focusing primarily on fluency disorders, voice and resonance disorders, oral motor disorders, and phonology. He has worked in the medical, public school, and university settings throughout his career. Dr. Harris is the past president of the Kentucky Speech-Language-Hearing Association and has served on the board of the Council of State Association Presidents. He has made more than 300 presentations at the state, regional, and national levels on various topics and has written the Desk Reference of Assessment Instruments in Speech-Language Pathology from the Psychological Corporation. Dr. Harris’s last 10 years were spent as the director for the EBS Healthcare Indiana/Kentucky/Ohio regions, mentoring CFs and SLPs in those and other states.

Financial Disclosure: Other than being paid as an employee of EBS Healthcare, Dr. Harris has no other relevant financial relationships to disclose.
Non-Financial Disclosure: Dr. Harris has no other non-financial information to disclose.

Learner Objectives

Following instruction, participants will be able to:

  1. Explain the characteristics of CAS

  2. Describe appropriate use of PPE when completing oral peripheral examinations

  3. Describe how to implement treatment plans to increase syllable structure

  4. Describe how to implement treatment plans to improve prosody


  • 5 minutes: Review of characteristics of CAS
  • 15 minutes: Appropriate use of PPE for completion of oral peripheral examinations
  • 30 minutes: Which sounds to teach first
  • 40 minutes: Vowel accuracy, introducing sounds and syllables
  • 35 minutes: Syllable closure, stress patterns and prosody
  • 20 minutes: Using phonological processes to treat CAS
  • 30 minutes: Treatment: General information and data collection
  • 5 minutes: Wrap-up and Q & A