Karen Massey is an award-winning child speech therapist, who has been a therapist for the past 14 years. She works at All About Speech Therapy Ltd and has written for publications including US Autism Parenting Magazine and UK SEN Magazine as well as the RCSLT Bulletin. She has two books: Autism and Apraxia of Speech and Helping Children to Speak: Down Syndrome Through the Primary School Years.
Karen has also created an online training platform to provide information to people all over the world.
In this session, Karen explains what we mean by apraxia of speech or Developmental Verbal Dyspraxia and what features or indicators to look out for in young children. We discuss the links between autism, motor planning and DVD, and how this knowledge can then help to support children with autism with their communication and other areas of learning and development. We go on to discuss how Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) devices can help children communicate.
Karen finishes the session by discussing how to use her latest book – Autism and Apraxia of Speech – which has lots of case studies, real life stories and practical support, based on research and her own experiences.
Nuffield Centre, UK:
Prevalence of apraxia
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