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As a world-renown expert in childhood apraxia of speech, Dave Hammer has also developed expertise in treating children with a variety of speech sound production disorders, including those with persistent /r/ distortions.  Dave believes strongly in the involvement of families and will describe proven ways to enhance parent and sibling participation in the therapy and home carryover process. In his workshops Dave will:

  • Focus on strategies that can be used in both individual and group therapy
  • Highlight ways that healthy competition enhances therapy success
  • Provide extensive videotaped examples of children for differential diagnosis as well as therapy strategies used with children of all ages
  • Share his list of favorite toys, games, and activities that have proven to be both entertaining and motivating, and that result in the child’s willingness to engage in repetitive practice of speech sound production/sound and syllable sequencing targets

With the constant need to keep up with state-of-the-art technology, in many of his workshops Dave will discuss an animated computer visual feedback program, certain to enhance the therapist’s “toolbox” of strategies, while providing multi-sensory input. You will leave with a better understanding of the importance of differential diagnosis, and a wealth of proven, practical therapy ideas for day-to-day therapy, for family participation and home carryover practice, and for working one-on-one or in groups of children who are experiencing a range of speech sound production disorders.



(1)    ½ Day Workshops (Any ½ day workshop can be combined with another for a full day talk.):

  • Childhood Apraxia of Speech: Evaluation and Differential Diagnosis
  • Childhood Apraxia of Speech: Therapy Strategies That Make a Difference
  • Those Darn R’s: Treatment for Persistent /r/ and Other Residual Errors
  • Building Motivation in Therapy: For Therapists, Parents, and Teachers
  • Sibling Struggles, Support, and Survival Strategies
  • Parent/Therapist Partnerships: From a Therapist’s Perspective
  • State-of-the-Art Strategies for Childhood Apraxia & Speech Sound Disorders
  • Childhood Apraxia of Speech: Using AAC in a Multi-Sensory Therapy Approach

  (2)    Full Day Workshops:

  • Childhood Apraxia of Speech: A Multi-Sensory Therapy Approach for Achieving Speech Outcomes
  • Childhood Apraxia of Speech and Speech Sound Disorders: Evaluation and Therapy Challenges
  • Childhood Apraxia of Speech: Differential Diagnosis
  • Childhood Apraxia of Speech: Language, Learning and Literacy Challenges

  (3)    2-Day Workshops:

  • Childhood Apraxia of Speech and Speech Sound Disorders: Therapy-Rich and Video-Enhanced
  • Childhood Apraxia of Speech with Second-Day Live Observations*: Therapy-Rich and Video Enhanced

*Through prior arrangements, 2 children from local area will participate with the speaker in a live demonstration with video feed to the audience.  Discussion on the observations will follow.


Please contact Dave to schedule him for your workshop, presentation, or conference.



  1. Add to your “toolbox” of therapy strategies to keep therapy fun and motivating.
  2. Improve your skill in handling a range of speech sound disorders.
  3. Enhnace your ability to support family involvement and assure home carryover.
  4. Keep up-to-date with the latest in technology to support your therapy.
  5. Manage the most challenging cases on your caseload.
  6. Enhance your ability to make faster progress in therapy.
  7. Learn added skills for children with the most sever forms of speech sound production disorders, including childhood apraxia of speech.
  8. Learn to develop reinforcement strategies that maintain high levels of motivation.
  9. Obtain a list of highly motivating toys and materials that are reasonably priced and can be used in flexible ways.
  10. You need the CEU’s!!!

Click here to read feedback from previous participants.



I have been fortunate in my 35 years in the field of Speech-Language Pathology to have been a practicing therapist all of those years while building my skills for a range of speech and language disorders. This has enabled me to understand the challenges that therapists face in differential diagnosis and in maintaining children’s motivation and attention to therapy strategies. I have always felt that workshops for therapists need to be practical, enlightening, and entertaining. When I attend a workshop, I want to walk away with hands-on ideas that I can immediatley implement in therapy. This is how I approach my workshops whether it be on childhood apraxia of speech or mild to severe speech sound production disorders. I am passionate about sharing with others what I have learned through my trials and tribulations as a diagnostician and therapist. I constantly seek out ways to enhance my understanding of differential diagnosis and therapy techniques. I continue to learn from the children and their caregives, siblings, and other professionals involved in supporting them. The way that I learn best at a workshop is through not only hearing about a particular strategy or technique, but also by seeing it in action. Therefore, I have always included extensive video examples for differential diagnosis and for therapy-in-action. This workshop will be no different. I have been fortunate to travel across the country to present my workshops to very diverse audiences, from varied work settings to years of experience. I have received very positive feedback on my workshops from even the most experienced therapists in our field.

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