Don Robin, PhD, Professor and Chair and Amy Plante, MS, Associate Clinical Professor have developed the Apraxia Resource Center to serve research, educational and service missions of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Dr. Robin, a world renowned expert on apraxia of speech (AOS), has developed a new intervention program for children and adults with AOS that involves treatment for establishment of motor program organization (TEMPO).
Apraxia of speech is a disorder of motor programming that can severely limit communication and participation in life. This summer, Hilary Miller, a CSD graduate student, conducted a clinical trial on 9 children with apraxia as part of her thesis work. The outcomes showed remarkable improvement for all of the children. The study continues in both children and adults and data will support a NIH grant submission in early 2018.
As a result of observing children receiving TEMPO, Kayla Hansen, President of the local chapter of National Student Speech Language and Hearing Organization, and member of the CSD Laboratory of Speech and Language Neuroscience (mentored by Dr. Amy Ramage) arranged for many of our students to participate in a walk to benefit children with apraxia of speech. Close to 200 people participated in this event in conjunction with the Childhood Apraxia Speech Association of North America. Our students helped with the registration table and other activities and were the loudest cheerleaders for the people who walked that morning. Money raised from the walk goes directly towards research, apraxia specialty programs, education, advocacy and awareness. Kayla noted that “It was rewarding to see families get so much out of the day and to see, as students, how much of a difference speech intervention can make in a child’s life.” We are so very proud of our students.