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American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)

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Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools

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DOI: 10.1044/2022_LSHSS-22-00119


Purpose: This prologue introduces the LSHSS Forum: Care of the Whole Child: Key Considerations When Working With Children With Childhood Apraxia of Speech. The goals of the forum are to provide (a) an overview of several co-occurring conditions and challenges that may affect children in this population and (b) methods and materials to enhance diagnostic accuracy and treatment efficacy to help children with childhood apraxia of speech (CAS) to thrive.

Method: The prologue provides an overview of what it means to care for the whole child and introduces the five articles in the forum, including research and clinical focus articles as well as tutorials. Infographics, assessment templates, video examples, case studies, and treatment goals are included throughout the forum to promote translation from research to practice.

Conclusion: Children with CAS may experience a breadth of skills, challenges, and diagnoses. By learning (a) to identify possible co-occurring conditions, (b) when to make referrals, and (c) how to best accommodate and treat children when different conditions are present, speech-language pathologists can further increase the quality of care provided and ability to advocate for some of our most vulnerable clients and their families.


Accepted version. Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, Vol. 53, No. 4 (October 2022): 921-925. DOI. © 2022 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Used with permissions policy.

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