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Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America Awards Treatment Research Grant to University of New Mexico/PROMPT Institute
Date:1/19/2010

The Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA), through its Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) Treatment Research Grant Program, has selected a collaborative proposal from Philip Dale, Ph.D., University of New Mexico and Deborah Hayden, MA, CCC-SLP, of the PROMPT Institute as recipient of its newest Treatment Research Award. An external expert committee along with two parents of affected children, representing consumer interests, selected their proposal, "The Efficacy of PROMPT for Children with Apraxia of Speech."

Pittsburgh, PA (PRWEB) January 19, 2010 -- The Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA), through its Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) Treatment Research Grant Program, has selected a collaborative proposal from Philip Dale, Ph.D., University of New Mexico and Deborah Hayden, MA, CCC-SLP, of the PROMPT Institute as recipient of its newest Treatment Research Award. An external expert committee along with two parents of affected children, representing consumer interests, selected their proposal, "The Efficacy of PROMPT for Children with Apraxia of Speech."

Childhood Apraxia of Speech is a motor speech disorder in which children have difficulty planning movements of the tongue, lips and jaw in order to produce clear speech. PROMPT (Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets) is a speech therapy approach which focuses on motor speech, linguistic, and social communication goals. However, PROMPT's most known feature is the use of tactile cues to support and shape speech movements in order to improve the production of syllables, words and connected speech. The underlying assumption is that tactile cueing will facilitate improvement in articulatory movements and lead to more intelligible speech. It is theorized that the additional sensory input provided by the tactile cues may facilitate speech motor
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