This course to provides an overview of all of the available approaches for use in the treatment of acquired apraxia of speech (AOS), including current approaches and emerging techniques. The evidence supporting treatment approaches will be discussed in the context of the AOS treatment guidelines.
Julie Wambaugh, Ph.D., CCC/SLP is Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Utah and is a Research Career Scientist at the VA Salt Lake City Health Care System. Dr. Wambaugh teaches graduate courses in Aphasia and Motor Speech Disorders. Her research is focused on the development of theoretically-motivated and clinically-applicable treatments for acquired apraxia of speech and/or aphasia. Her research has been continually funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs, Rehabilitation Research and Development for more than 20 years. She has presented and published extensively on the topics of treatment of apraxia of speech and of aphasia. She is past Chair and a current member of the Apraxia of Speech Treatment Guidelines Writing Committee for the Academy of Neurologic Communication Sciences and Disorders. She is also a former coordinator for ASHA’s Special Interest Group 2, is a current member of ASHA’s Publication Board, and is an ASHA Fellow.
What is AOS? This chapter introduces the participant to the clinical characteristics of AOS, including the evolution of AOS as it was recognized as a clinical entity in practice and the research literature.
In the second chapter of this course, the participant will describe the results of current systematic reviews, and the process behind guidelines for AOS treatment. After viewing this chapter the participant will be familiar with the AOS treatment evidence base.
This course provides specific examples of and describes the evidence behind key treatment approaches for AOS, in order to foster more complete clinical reasoning skills with this important group.
After being exposed to current approaches in AOS treatment, this chapter expands the knowledge base of the participant by describing emerging approaches that are currently being evaluated.
Dr. Wambaugh sits down with a practicing SLP to discuss concepts covered during the course.