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Improving Intelligibility in Apraxia and Dysarthria

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Pam Marshalla, MA, CCC

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This seminar presents material on the process of improving intelligibility in children with severe apraxia and dysarthria, and other causes of severe expressive speech disorder. Pam Marshalla discusses practical ways to facilitate intelligibility through the development of a vowels, diphthongs, prosody, oral-nasal resonance, consonants, and phonological processes common in children with motor speech disorders. Lecture and small group activities will be used during this very practical presentation. Material bases on the Evidence-Based Practice philosophy.


Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Use techniques to facilitate vowels and diphthongs.
  • Discover methods to encourage development of syllables and syllable sequences.
  • Discuss methods to facilitate improved prosody for improved intelligibility.
  • Discuss methods to facilitate improved resonance for improved intelligibility
  • Discuss methods of facilitating voiceless-ness, stridency, and final consonants.
  • Understand the role of jaw mobility and stability in speech development.
  • Learn basic methods to facilitate tongue mobility.
  • Learn basic methods to establish place of articulation.
Additional Information

This course is offered for 0.5 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level, Professional Level)

Course Timeline: 

15 minutes: Introduction: Speech is movement.
15 minutes: Definitions and characteristics of apraxia and dysarthria.
30 minutes: Strategies for developing vowels.
30 minutes: Strategies for developing differential oral and resonance resonance. (15 min. break)
15 minutes: Strategies for developing glides and diphthongs.
30 minutes: Strategies for developing prosody.
45 minutes: Strategies for developing movements for the CV syllable and its early consonants.
15 minutes: Strategies for developing syllable sequencing.
15 minutes: Charting progress.
15 minutes: Strategies for developing voicelessness, stridency and final consonants.
15 minutes: Strategies for developing transition movements for speech.
15 minutes: Strategies for developing oral stability for advanced phoneme production.
30 minutes: Strategies for establish place of articulation from the onset of treatment.
30 minutes: Questions and answers.

Disclosure statement: 
Pam Marshalla, Owner Marshalla Speech and Language is a speaker for Video Continuing Education and receives royalty payments.

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