Pre-Conference Information


February 2nd, 2018
7:50 am – 3:30 pm




Childhood Apraxia of Speech –
A Hands-on Look at Differential Diagnosis and Therapy Strategies

Childhood Apraxia of Speech –
A Multi-Sensory Approach to Achieving Speech Outcomes

Come prepared to learn treatment approaches that work and that you can use immediately!

This hands-on, practical, strategy-rich presentation will focus on techniques for school-based therapists that facilitate verbal communication for children with apraxia of speech. A foundation in evaluation and diagnosis will be provided to set the stage for therapy considerations. The presentation will be primarily intervention-based, with a wide range of multi-sensory therapy ideas described. Extensive videos of children in therapy will be used to highlight strategies and suggestions for parent/caregiver and teacher carryover outside of the therapy setting.

Professional level for this presentation is Intermediate.


Dave Hammer is the Director of Professional Development and Speech Services for the Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA). Prior to this position, Dave had 35 years of pediatric clinical experience at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, PA with specialty interests in childhood apraxia of speech, speech sound disorders and childhood stuttering. Dave received his Master’s in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Pittsburgh in 1979 after completing a Bachelor’s in Speech/Hearing Science and Psychology. He has been invited to present over 200 workshops on childhood apraxia and speech sound disorders throughout the United States, Canada, and Australia. Dave was a member of the ASHA AdHoc committee on childhood apraxia of speech. He has been involved in the production of a number of apraxia-related DVD’s and an innovative children’s CD. Dave is known for his practical and therapy-rich presentations. His passion at CASANA is helping children “find their voices” and families find the support services they desperately need.

Outside of work, Dave is an avid reader of fiction and non-fiction alike. He enjoys singing, playing the guitar and piano for relaxation, attending musicals and plays, and spending time traveling. Dave was lucky to have married his high school sweetheart with whom he just celebrated 40 years of marriage. He has a daughter, age 31, who works for the US Patent and Trademark office and a son, age 26, who is pursuing a career as a musician.

David W Hammer, MA CCC-SLP
Director of Professional Development and Speech Service Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association Of North America (CASANA)