Looking Not Just Listening: Identifying Motor Speech Issues in Children

· May 9, 2023

Course Number: ABIO2322

When: Available June 26, 2023 – June 26, 2028.

Where: Audio available once you register under “Course Content” at the bottom of this page.

Description: In this session, we will explore the critical role of motor speech in child development and the identification of motor speech issues in children. We discuss various types of motor speech issues, the importance of motor speech, and how to early identify some of the characteristics. We will also cover the core components of intervention, including assessment, treatment planning, and implementation.

Who This Course Is Good For:

  • Any ASHA member, CCC holder, or another professional that is licensed or credentialed to practice speech-language pathology (SLP) or audiology or preparing to earn ASHA CEUs.
  • A professional who works with pediatric clients that have limited natural speech.
  • A speech-language pathologist (SLP) who works in an early intervention setting.
  • A speech-language pathologist (SLP) who works using teletherapy.
  • A professional, educator or teacher who works with children pediatric clients with CAS.
  • Parents or caregivers of children with CAS.
  • Researchers and academics in the field of speech-language pathology and related fields.

Who This Course Isn’t Good For:

  • Any professional that does not currently work with any pediatric clients or plan to in the near future.
  • Highly experienced professionals with advanced training in childhood apraxia of speech and motor-based approaches.
  • Individuals seeking information or training on other speech or language disorders, as this course specifically focuses on childhood apraxia of speech and motor-based approaches.



Venita is an Assistive Technology (AT) Consultant in South Florida. She has a passion for using AAC, AT, and literacy to support individuals with complex communication needs, autism, and other disabilities. Venita has delivered poster presentations on several topics related to AAC at ASHA and co-presented several ASHA CEU accredited courses. Venita co-authored two articles published in ASHA Leader’s online publication, as well as the Lou Knows What to Do book series published by Boys Town Press. Recently, Venita started utilizing the power of social media to empower and motivate educators across the country through the Speechie Side Up podcast, blog, Instagram account, and YouTube channel.


Dr. Jenn Mooreis a licensed speech-language pathologist is an experienced licensed SLP with a multidisciplinary private practice. Her clinical expertise focuses on the connection between muscle movements and motor coordination for breathing, speaking, and eating by looking beyond the “speech errors”. She is a PROMPT Certified Instructor. Her research projects pertain to the subpopulation of children who present with coexisting motor and muscle-based deficits with co-existing autism.

Dr. Moore has presented at conferences for CASANA (Apraxia Kids, 2017 & 2022), NJ Speech and Hearing Association (2018, 2020), and several local speech and language chapters and community events. She is active in the NJ Speech-Language Hearing Association as the chair of the Inter-professional Autism Conference and committee member of the Private Practice committee.

Disclosure Statements

Venita Litvack has the following relevant financial relationships to disclose: ownership interest in Speechie Side Up, LLC and Tassel Learning, LLC; royalties from the Lou Knows What to Do book series.

Venita Litvack has the following nonfinancial relationships to disclose: member of the ASHA Special Interest Group 12.

Jenn Moore has the following relevant financial relationships to disclose: co-owns a private practice in NJ. She also has a TPT store and offers mentoring. She is also an independent contractor of the PROMPT Institute and receives compensation for teaching their courses.

Jenn Moore has the following nonfinancial relationships to disclose: member and committee chair for NJSHA and member of ASHA.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of this activity, participants will:
  • Describe the impact of motor speech issues on communication and language development
  • Describe evidence-based interventions and strategies for improving speech production and articulation in children with motor speech issues
  • Identify 2 different motor speech disorders
  • Identify at least 2 early red flags for motor speech issues


5 minIntroductions and Backgrounds
10 minTypes of Motor Speech Issues
10 minImportance of Motor Speech
15 minEarly Identifying Characteristics
10 minCore Components of Intervention
10 minDiscussion of helpful resources

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