Motor Speech Disorders: Differential Diagnosis and Updates on Treatment

Course Description:

This course focuses on best practices in assessment and treatment of motor speech disorders (MSD) in a wide variety of clinical populations throughout the lifespan. It will provide insight into latest advances in the clinical implications of the underlying features that result in the various types of dysarthrias (flaccid, spastic, ataxic, hyperkinetic, hypokinetic, mixed). Through case analysis, participants will be able to accurately determine a differential diagnosis to guide treatment decisions. Best practice treatments will include integration of motor learning approaches with neuromuscular treatments as well as with medical interventions.

Upon completion of this course participants will be able to:
1. Identify the underlying neuropathology of motor speech disorders
2. Determine salient features that differentiate the dysarthrias including site of lesion, muscle characteristics, and speech characteristics
3. Describe the features that comprise apraxia of speech.
4. Accurately assess motor speech disorders.
5. Formulate the implications of neuroplasticity following nervous system damage across the age span.
6. Discuss best practices with regard to treatment of motor speech disorders.
7. Review advances in understanding about neuromuscular treatment and motor learning.

What participants are saying:

Excellent; great audiovisuals, broke down info in very practical method. Great demonstration tools! -Anuja Kamdar, SLP

Julie is an excellent speaker. She presented the information clearly and encouraged audience participation/interjection throughout the conference. -Glenice Fu, SLP


Julie Stierwalt

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