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The Difference Between Dyslexia and CAS

Amy Skinder-Meredith, PhD, CCC-SLP

September 23, 2013

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What is the difference between dyslexia and CAS?

 

 

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Dyslexia can certainly co-occur with apraxia of speech. When we think of childhood apraxia of speech, we are thinking of that as the motor sequencing, the ability to plan the motor sequence for articulation. Children who have dislexia, which is actually a pretty heterogeneous group, are really struggling with decoding sounds and putting them together to form words.

Dr. Amy Skinder Meredith is an experienced clinician who has worked in the public schools, hospitals, and private practice settings for 20 years.  Her primary clinical and research interest is in children with motor speech disorders, and she has published and presented her research on childhood apraxia of speech (CAS) at national conferences.


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Amy Skinder-Meredith, PhD, CCC-SLP

Dr. Skinder-Meredith received her doctorate from the University of Washington in 2000. She is currently an Associate Clinical Professor at Washington State University in Spokane, WA. She is an experienced clinician who has worked in the public schools, hospitals, and private practice settings for 20 years.  Her primary clinical and research interest is in children with motor speech disorders, and she has published and presented her research on childhood apraxia of speech (CAS) at national conferences. She has also been active in international outreach in China and Guatemala, working with children with motor speech disorders, cleft lip and palate, and intellectual disabilities. Dr. Skinder-Meredith has given numerous workshops for practicing speech-language pathologists across the country on assessment and treatment of CAS. She also has great interest in craniofacial anomalies and counseling skills in the field of communication disorders. She has two adopted children with cleft lip and palate, which has allowed her to experience the roles of parent and professional in regards to children with communication impairments.


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