Workshop: Early Childhood and Pediatric Therapy Symposium


October 12-14, 2018 – Edison, NJ

Friday, October 12, 2018
Assessing & Treating Suspected Childhood Apraxia of Speech

Working with very young, minimally verbal children requires speech-language pathologists to differentially diagnose between a delay and a disorder. When speech is late to develop, SLPs must begin the process of making a differential diagnosis. Is it childhood apraxia of speech (CAS), dysarthria, autism, a phonological impairment or a speech delay? This course will outline the differences between CAS and other speech sound disorders and will also provide a thorough discussion of speech development in children with autism. Other topics we will discuss include: when a formal diagnosis of CAS can be made, how to write motor-speech goals and getting follow-through from parents and teachers. Participants will gain valuable strategies and activities for effectively treating young children with suspected CAS using a multisensory cueing approach.

Saturday, October 13, 2018
The ABCs of Early Intervention

Working with very young children is a rewarding, yet often challenging experience due to the unique service delivery system. Using a transdisciplinary teaming approach with an emphasis on coaching the caregiver moves therapists from a dyadic model of service delivery to a triadic model, which includes parents and caregivers as integral members of the early intervention team. In this one-day seminar, we will examine the ABCs of early intervention to empower providers with critical evidence regarding best practice guidelines when working with very young children and their families. Some of the topics we will explore include: barriers to success in early intervention, coaching the caregiver, creating functional IFSP outcomes, embedding strategies into naturally occurring routines, and providing services in the childcare setting. If you are an early intervention professional or you want to learn effective strategies for coaching the caregiver, this seminar is for you.

Sunday, October 14, 2018
Making Sense of Sensory

Young children with special needs will benefit when practitioners work together as a cohesive unit to assess and treat the whole child. This transdisciplinary team approach requires pediatric therapists and educators to understand and synthesize knowledge from the fields of speech-language pathology, occupational therapy, physical therapy and education. Understanding that sensory input drives motor and behavioral output provides the foundation for this course. The way young children take in and respond to sensory information can significantly impact their learning, development and behavior. Pediatric therapists and early childhood educators can gain confidence and competence by increasing their knowledge related to the impact of sensory-motor issues on speech, language and social development. This one-day course will provide an overview of the external and internal sensory systems along with observable characteristics of sensory over-responsivity, sensory under-responsivity and sensory craving behaviors. Participants will examine the benefits of using a multisensory therapy approach to help young children interact more effectively with their environment.

Early bird rates in effect until 9/14/18. Multiple registration options available! To view the brochure and register online please visit or contact Marianne Mohary via email at or by calling 732-632-1570.


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