Here's How to Treat Childhood Apraxia of Speech

Second Edition

Margaret Fish

Details: 446 pages, B&W, Softcover, 8.5" x 11"

ISBN13: 978-1-59756-617-9

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Here's How to Treat Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Second Edition is the most comprehensive book available that addresses assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of childhood apraxia of speech (CAS). This text is the definitive reference for professionals and students seeking current best practices in treating children with CAS.

The book is divided into three parts. Part I defines CAS, describing those characteristics most commonly associated with CAS, and offers guidelines for conducting a thorough motor speech evaluation to support an accurate differential diagnosis. Part II summarizes the principles of motor learning and provides clear guidance for how these principles can be applied to practice when working with children with CAS. Part III addresses specific topics of interest to clinicians and students looking for practical ideas to address the multifaceted challenges of children with CAS such as vowels, prosody, expressive language, social language, and incorporating phonological awareness in CAS treatment. Additional recommendations are provided for supporting the needs of children with limited verbal output and older children with ongoing communicative challenges, working with parents, developing treatment plans, and writing meaningful goals and objectives.

Each chapter of this second edition has been updated to incorporate the most current evidence-based information available on CAS. In addition, five new chapters have been added, including:

  • Principles of Motor Learning and Their Application to Treatment of CAS (Chapter 4)
  • Evidence-Based Treatment Programs for Children with CAS (Chapter 10)
  • Supporting the Needs of Older Children with Ongoing Communicative Challenges (Chapter 15)
  • Using Apps with Children with CAS (Chapter 21)
  • Developing Meaningful Goals for Children with CAS (Chapter 23)

Here's How to Treat Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Second Edition will be of value to speech-language pathologists and students looking for practical, evidence-based recommendations for addressing the diverse needs of children with CAS.

This title is a volume in Plural's "Here's" How" series.


"Here's How to Treat Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Second Edition is an incredibly comprehensive resource book, essential for SLPs! It is an informative, organized, friendly, current and most importantly practical resource, and one that I use often, even with my own extensive knowledge in CAS. Thank-you Dee Fish for your obvious Herculean effort to provide us with one all-encompassing book for both evaluation and treatment techniques for such a challenging disorder in children!"
Nancy R. Kaufman, MA, CCC-SLP, Director / Speech-Language Pathologist; Kaufman Children's Center for Speech, Language, Sensory-Motor and Social Connections, Inc. (2015)

". . .a blessing this semester with my clients with CAS. It has been a phenomenal resource to refer back to time and time over again since it is so clinically applicable."
Katherine Cammack, Graduate Clinician, Speech-Language Pathology,, Saint Louis University (April 2016)

Foreword by Kathy J. Jakielski, PhD, CCC-SLP


Part I. Understanding CAS

Chapter 1. What is Childhood Apraxia of Speech?

Chapter 2. Characteristics of Childhood Apraxia of Speech

Chapter 3. Assessment of Children with Suspected CAS

Part II. Foundations of Effective Treatment for Childhood Apraxia of Speech: Principles of Motor Learning and P.R.I.S.M.

Chapter 4. Principles of Motor Learning and Their Application to Treatment of CAS

Chapter 5. Phoneme Sequencing

Chapter 6. Repetitive Practice

Chapter 7. Intensity of Services

Chapter 8. Selecting Target Utterances

Chapter 9. Multisensory Cueing and Feedback

Part III. Additional Considerations in Treatment of Childhood Apraxia of Speech

Chapter 10. Evidence-Based Treatment Programs for Children with CAS

Chapter 11. Addressing Vowel Accuracy

Chapter 12. Establishing Normal Prosody

Chapter 13. Facilitating Early Production of Phrases and Sentences

Chapter 14. Treatment Considerations for Minimally Verbal Children

Chapter 15. Supporting the Needs of Older Children with Ongoing Communicative Challenges

Chapter 16. Addressing Early Literacy Concerns in Children with CAS

Chapter 17. Augmentative Communication and Children with CAS

Chapter 18. Enhancing Social Language Skills in Children with CAS

Chapter 19. Special Considerations for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Chapter 20. Incorporating Books and Music into Treatment

Chapter 21. Using Apps with Children with CAS

Chapter 22. The Changing Needs of Children Over Time

Chapter 23. Developing Meaningful Goals for Children with CAS

Chapter 24. Partnering with Parents to Maximize Treatment Outcomes

Appendix A. Reproducible Forms

Appendix B. Materials and Resources

Appendix C. Phonetic Symbols for American English Consonants, Vowels and Diphthongs


Margaret Fish

Margaret Fish, MS, CCC-SLP is a speech-language pathologist working in private practice in Northbrook, Illinois. She has 40 years of clinical experience working with children with severe speech-sound disorders, language impairments, and social language challenges. Margaret’s primary professional interest is in the evaluation and treatment of children with childhood apraxia of speech (CAS), and she presents workshops on topics related to CAS across the world. Her workshops and writing focus on providing practical, evidence-based evaluation and treatment ideas to support children with CAS. Margaret serves on the Professional Advisory Council for Apraxia-Kids. In her free time, Margaret enjoys cooking, baking, and painting.

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Thomas Murry, Ph.D., Series Editor

The Here’s How Series unites an eminent group of seasoned therapists, each divulging their clinical techniques through a series of books that offer direct clinical experiences, therapy vignettes, and evidence of success. Clinicians will find the scripted clinical sessions in each book applicable to a wide variety of patients. Each book in the series is authored by an experienced professional who brings practical and evidence-based techniques to the reader. Books in the Here’s How Series supplement the classroom knowledge necessary to become outstanding clinicians. 

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