Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) is a motor speech disorder. This means that children experience difficulty with movement of the oral structures, like the lips, tongue, jaw and soft palate, necessary for speaking. Speech is a complex motor task. Did you know that it takes 70 muscles and 8 body parts to speak a one syllable word? Many children with CAS know what they would like to say but have difficulty coordinating movements of the mouth to do so. Therapy for CAS should always focus on the motor movements of speech, not just on saying specific sounds. Treatment for CAS is different from other speech sound disorders and finding a speech-language pathologist with knowledge in motor speech is imperative for success. For more information on CAS, we recommend you visit: apraxia-kids.org
Jennifer Sakowicz, M.S, CCC-SLP has received extensive training in motor speech disorders, specifically in Childhood Apraxia of Speech. In the past five years, Jennifer has attended two national Apraxia-Kids conferences; one in San Diego, California and the other in Charlotte, North Carolina. Over the past five years, she has attended over thirty continuing education courses in this area alone. In July 2018, Jennifer attended the Apraxia-Kids Intensive Training Institute in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and now "Recognized by Apraxia-Kids for Advanced Training and Clinical Expertise in Treating Childhood Apraxia of Speech." She is also PROMPT level I trained.
Jennifer feels strongly about our connection to the apraxia community in Connecticut. Jennifer now serves as the Greater Hartford Walk Coordinator for the Walk for Apraxia. In addition, Pediatric Communication Center has been a sponsor for this even for 2 consecutive years. Our practice currently offers free play groups for children with CAS. These groups allow children and parents in the Apraxia Community to come together and support one another.
Karli Callahan, M.S., CCC-SLP has been trained by Jennifer Sakowicz, M.S., CCC-SLP and has passed the Apraxia-Kids examination to be listed as a speech-language pathologist on their website. Karli is currently in process of completing the other requirements and is hoped to be listed on the Apraxia-Kids website soon! Karli is also passionate and dedicated to provide evidence-based clinical practice to children with apraxia.
Pediatric Communication Center is proud to be the only private practice in Connecticut listed twice on the Apraxia-Kids website for advanced knowledge and training in Childhood Apraxia of Speech.