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LIVE Webinar: A+B+C: AAC, Behaviors, and Comorbidities of CAS

Lori Cochran, MS, CCC-SLP
Theresa Hunter Jones, MS, CCC-SLP


Monday – April 17, 2023
8:00am – 3:00pm EST

Early $225.00* | Regular $250.00
8:00 am – 3:00 pm EST

*Early registration must be received 14 days prior to
 webinar (Apr. 3, 2022). GROUP DISCOUNT ALSO AVAILABLE!

Every child has a different “window” for learning. Apraxia doesn’t occur in a bubble and often co-occurs with many other challenges, including communication-based behaviors. For example, children who hide under the table, avoid therapist interactions, or need frequent redirection to attend to tasks. Other children may not yet have the pre-requisite skills for working on speech production. Considering the pre-requisites for learning allows a professional to develop an effective treatment plan that fits within each individual child’s “window.”

When children with CAS have difficult behaviors, it is important to investigate the antecedent, behavior, and consequence, so that the most effective treatment approach is utilized. Many times children with CAS experience communication challenges that lead to adaptive behaviors. Whether these behaviors are positive or negative, they always serve a purpose for the child. When behaviors are difficult or challenging, it’s important for parents and professionals to address them as they may impact home, learning, and therapy routines. By unraveling the root causes of behaviors, parents and therapists can guide their children to functional behaviors and more effective communication.

To address these challenges, therapists need a variety of tools in their belt. Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) is one powerful way to support communication challenges. Another, choice-making supports, can provide a child with an efficient way to let parents know their needs by reducing the communication demands in the moment. In addition, visual schedules and other supports can improve a child’s understanding of transitions and routines, decreasing opportunities for breakdown.

This presentation will cover the following topics:
• Analysis of antecedents, behaviors, and consequences to individualize an approach for positive behavior support
• Use of behavior modification techniques that support functional communication
• Use of dynamic assessment during treatment to prioritize motor speech vs. functional language development
• Use of counseling techniques to support families through times of challenging behaviors and communication
• Considerations for using different AAC technologies to alleviate communication behaviors, since AAC has been shown to increase speech in 89% of participants in a meta-analysis
• Use of a prompting hierarchy to facilitate AAC
• Considerations for multi-disciplinary collaboration

Join us for a practical presentation that will supply you with ideas to use on Monday morning. There are many windows to look through – choosing the right one can make a difference for every child!

$250.00 $225.00

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Learning Objectives
Participants completing this course will be able to:

  • Describe 5 core deficits and characteristics of Childhood Apraxia of Speech
  • Describe common diagnoses that are attributed to CAS and comorbidities secondary to CAS
  • Explain the antecedent, behavior, and consequence for behavioral-based challenges that can occur in children with CAS
  • Describe 4 prerequisites to learning that should be considered during assessment
  • Prioritize communication needs of those affected by CAS when developing treatment plans
  • Modify intervention strategies for children with physical constraints, social deficits, sensory needs, and learning differences
  • List 3 strategies to reduce communication-based behaviors
  • Create visual supports that aid in establishing or maintaining routines
  • Contrast low-tech, mid-tech, and high-tech augmentative communication tools
  • Implement 3 modeling and cueing strategies to use when supporting AAC

Target Audience: 

Speech Language Pathologist

Course Level 



Lori Cochran, MS, CCC-SLP  

Lori is the speech-language coordinator at Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth, TX. Her areas of specialty are working with children with Childhood Apraxia of Speech and Cleft Palate/VPI, and she also loves mentoring and teaching other SLPs in those areas. She presents frequently at the state and national level on clinical and professional topics. She also serves on the executive council of the Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the ASHA SIG 5 Professional Development Council.

Lori receives a speaking fee for the presentation. Lori has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.

Theresa Hunter Jones, MS, CCC-SLP

Theresa is a pediatric speech-language pathologist located in Fort Worth, TX. She has a passion for working closely with families to improve their child’s skills affected by childhood apraxia of speech, dysphagia, delayed language, and social skills challenges. Theresa has a special interest working with children who benefit from alternative augmentation communication (AAC) and advocating for those that learn differently. She has completed extensive continuing education in AAC, CAS, social skills, and dysphagia. She is currently employed at Cook Children’s Hospital.

Theresa receives a speaking fee for the presentation. Theresa has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.

Course Schedule

LIVE On-Line Webinar
8:00 am – 3:00 pm EST

8:00 am -9:00 – CAS and Comorbidities

9:00-10:00 – Behavior Assessments

10:00-10:15 –  morning break

10:15-12:15 pm – Behavior Supports and Intervention

12:15-1:00 – Lunch

1:00-3:00 – Augmentative Communication


Educational Credits

6 contact hours

A post-test will be required at the conclusion of the webinar.


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This course is offered for .6 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).


Group Discount

Early $225.00* | Regular $250.00

*Early registration must be received 14 days prior to seminar VALID UNTIL Apr. 3, 2023

3 or more registrants – Early –  $212.94 | Regular – $236.60 (use code group3)

In order to qualify for the group discounted rate, registrations MUST all be received within 24 hours (of the first registration) if registering on-line, and in the same envelope if registering by mail.  PLEASE NOTE: Registrations received after a group has been processed will not be eligible for the discount.

To ensure that all group members receive the appropriate discount, choose a group name and be sure that each person registering adds the name in the “Additional Information” section at checkout.