Grants totaling $1 million will be awarded for a randomized, controlled treatment study investigating the effects of treatment intensity on outcome measures for children with moderate to severe childhood apraxia of speech (CAS) using Dynamic Temporal and Tactile Cueing (DTTC). This funding opportunity is designed to evaluate the efficacy of high dosage DTTC (4 hours per week) versus the more typically administered dosage (1 hour per week) on speech motor control and improvements in speech production accuracy. Some studies may also consider investigating whether frequency of treatment (4 times per week vs. 2 times per week) affects progress in the high treatment dosage condition. Participation in the program will include attendance at one-day investigator meetings in the DFW area every quarter at the Foundation’s expense.

Since 2011, the Foundation has provided almost a million dollars of funding for projects related to communication disorders, with most of those funds directed toward CAS projects. The Foundation has partnered with Dr. Edythe Strand, an internationally recognized expert in assessment and treatment of CAS, to develop free educational programs for parents and speech-language pathologists, including online videos for parents, professional conferences and online videos offered for ASHA CEUs, and two-day advanced training workshops at 12 locations across the country. Our partnership with Dr. Strand has provided various formats for her to share her expertise with parents and SLPs around the world, thereby benefiting children with CAS and giving CAS treatment the global attention it deserves.

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