This course reviews the newest research on development of perceptual, phonological, and motor aspects of speech acquisition. Emphasized will be the differential diagnosis of speech sound production problems due to auditory processing disorders, phonological processing, and motor speech issues. Best practices for treatment planning with each type of speech disorder is also briefly covered. Relevant for population 0-5 years. Offered for 0.2 CEUs – 2 contact hours.
~What we know from perceptual studies and fMRI research
~Clinical Import of Kuhl research for FFWD interventions - bilingual infants
~Intracranial electrophysiology (ICE)
~What is Childhood Apraxia of Speech
~13 Characteristics used to characterize children with severe speech disorders
Video PowerPoint presentation with author narration & downloadable handout.
The content of this online CE course does not focus exclusively on any specific proprietary product or service. Presenter financial and non-financial disclosures may be found by clicking on the Presenter & Disclosures tab.
Financial — Martha Burns is presenter of online CEU courses sponsored by Northern Speech; receives royalty payments.
Financial — Martha Burns is a paid consultant for Scientific Learning Corporation.
Nonfinancial — Martha Burns has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
This program is offered for 0.2 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level; Professional Area).
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ASHA CE Registry Submission: During the enrollment process, if you select to receive ASHA credit for this course and if you provide your ASHA number, NSS will automatically submit your CEU information to the ASHA CE Registry after successful course completion (80% on post test). This submission happens once per month, during the first week of the month. For example, if you complete your course on November 7th, NSS will submit all November online course CEUs to ASHA during the first week of December. When ASHA inputs the information into their database, they will mark the course as completed on the last day of the month in which it was completed, so November 30th using this example. The certificate of completion available for you to print immediately, however, will reflect the actual completion date, November 7th in this example. Due to ASHA processing procedures please allow 2-3 weeks, from the submission date, for the course to appear on your ASHA transcript.
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"Although the video clips could have been better, I found the 7 criteria that help to differentially diagnose CAS beneficial." –– H.P. (May. 2018)
"Patricia Kuhl's research on the influence on the right and left hemispheres' processing has on an infant's perception was highly interesting and very useful to consider with new patients. The course visual aids were clear, useful and applicable." – A.C. (Apr. 2018)
"What I found most important and that cannot be stressed enough is that in order for a child to successfully develop language, parents must talk to him/her. Also most important is interaction with other children and play. I would have liked to have seen actual therapy sessions." – B.L. (Feb. 2018)
"It was beneficial to hear how speech acquisition can differ in a variety of populations (i.e. English language learners, individuals with childhood apraxia of speech, dyslexia, autism, and cerebral palsy). I liked that this was a well-organized course, powerpoint slides were provided, and it was easy to listen to." – M.C. (Jan. 2018)
"The discussion of the overlapping of speech perception and production with children was most helpful. I like that the course clearly stated helpful and well laid out information with research that supported what was being presented." – L.S. (Dec. 2017)
"I appreciated going over the importance of the social language component of language acquisition and the use of nursery rhymes." – S.R. (Dec. 2017)
"I found the description of the difference between speech perception and speech production issues informative and helpful. It made me think about some of the students I work with who have apraxia of speech and what is the best way to help them." – T.K. (Nov. 2017)
"I thought it was a good course. The beginning of the presentation was most beneficial to me working in the 0-3 population. I really enjoyed the Speech Learning Timetable and think parents would be interested in the information. I also found the description of why infant directed speech is so beneficial. I always talk with families about this but now I'm able to tell why it's so important. I also did enjoy the tables with the characteristics/indicators of childhood apraxia of speech." – A.M. (Sept. 2017)
"Current research, fast moving and full coverage of research and application." – A.S.C. (Aug. 2017)
"I enjoyed the techniques to use in speaking to infants and practical information of the course." – J.G. (Apr. 2017)
"Great visuals, excellent presenter of info..organized and all pertinent to what I do and the kids I see." – J.L. (Feb. 2017)
"I especially appreciated the info regarding apraxia of speech, and I liked that the course was short yet full of information." – M.W. (Jan. 2017)
"The developmental chart of speech perception and production was most helpful. I like that the research was presented in a clear manner." – J.L. (Dec. 2016)
"I enjoyed learning about the brain studies and current information about brain mapping. I was expecting more specific intervention strategies that I can take away and use." – J.R. (Dec. 2016)
"I found the discussion on the specific characteristics of CAS in a differential diagnosis as well as support for the Nursery Rhyme Effect most beneficial." – K.D. (Dec. 2016)
"The 13 characteristics used to characterize children with severe speech disorders will be very helpful." – D.C. (Nov. 2016)
"The development of infant perception and production was helpful as well as the development of bi-lingual speech and language. The study with Nancy Kaufman's K-SLP was very informative and useful." – L.H. (Nov. 2016)
"The content was fascinating. I feel I now have better tools to explain (backed by research) a child's production and perception issues." – E.V. (Aug. 2016)
"I appreciated the discussion on the importance of voice recognition in young infants and how that influences both social and communication development. I always love anything by Martha Burns. She does an excellent job of synthesizing the research and helping translate that into ways we can improve our practice." – A.G. (July 2016)
"I enjoyed the charts and graphs as visual aids. I also enjoyed the types of intervention proven to be the most effective for treatment planning. The review of the Language Learning Timetable was a good review." – K.K. (June 2016)
"I found the discussion on Apraxia of Speech to be very beneficial. I found it particularly interesting to review the other areas that children with AOS may have difficulty. I also found the information about Phases of development (Kuhl) to be very informative to provide a framework for understanding the development of speech. I liked the examples the presenter provided, as well as how she tied all the information back to practical application within a speech therapy session." – U.P. (Mar. 2016)
"The language learning timetable was really useful." – K.G. (Jan. 2016)
"This was an informative course." – S.P. (Jan. 2016)