Motor Speech Disorders for the Medical Speech-Language Pathologist

Presented by Kaila Stipancic, PhD, CCC-SLP


Registration Fee:  $297 for Speech-Language Pathologists

After this course, you will be able to…

  • Outline the importance of assessing and managing motor speech disorders in a medical setting.
  • Describe, implement, and interpret a short protocol for the assessment of motor speech disorders.
  • Summarize management techniques appropriate for patients in a medical setting.



  • 0-60 course minutes:
    -My context
    -What this course will be about
    -Getting on the same page: (Re)Introduction to motor speech disorders and definitions
    -Why should medical SLPs care about motor speech disorders?
  • 60-180 course minutes:
    -Kaila’s Assessment Protocol for MSDs
  • 180-240 course minutes:
    -Continuing assessment of motor speech disorders in medical setting: “Objective” assessments
    =Subsystem-specific assessments
    -Quick acoustics
    -Patient-reported outcomes and communication-partner outcomes
  • 240-300 course minutes:
    -Documentation, goal setting, and therapy planning
  • 300-390 course minutes:
    -Management of motor speech disorders in a medical setting
    =Communication is KEY:
    >AAC first if needed
    =Education/In-services for other medical professionals
    >Communication partners, staff, medical professionals, etc.
    =Communication partner strategies
    =Behavioral strategies
  • 390-450 course minutes:
    -Discuss final case(s)
  • 450-480 course minutes:
    -Q &A

Speaker Information

Kaila Stipancic is currently a postdoctoral researcher in the UB Motor Speech Disorders Lab at the University at Buffalo. She received her BA in Speech and Language Sciences at Brock University in Ontario, Canada, her MA in Communicative Disorders and Sciences at the University at Buffalo, and her Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Sciences at the MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston, MA. She completed her clinical fellowship in speech-language pathology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in an acute-care setting. Broadly, she is interested in how the brain controls the muscles of speech and swallowing and the perceptual, acoustic, kinematic, and neurophysiologic consequences of neurodegenerative disease on these functions. She has a particular interest in the measurement of relevant clinical outcomes, such as speech intelligibility, and in improving therapeutic options to improve the quality of life of patients with oromotor impairments.


  • Post-doc salary from the University at Buffalo
  • MedSLP Ed – Honoraria
  • No non-financial disclosures

Additional Info and FAQ:

Can I get continuing education for this webinar?  

After watching the webinar, you will need to pass a short quiz with at least 80% accuracy and attend the full webinar to obtain credit for your participation. The link to the quiz will be emailed to you after the presentation. Once completed, you will receive a certificate of completion within 48 hours.  You have 14 days to complete the test.

If you'd like to earn ASHA CEUs for the presentation, we can report your completion to ASHA. ASHA CEUs are awarded to those that meet eligibility criteria by the ASHA CE Registry upon receipt of the ASHA CEU Participant Form from the ASHA Approved CE Provider.

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Who is this webinar appropriate for?  

The target audience for this webinar is licensed speech-language pathologists. There are no prerequisite skills or knowledge needed beyond the basic speech-language pathology training and licensing.

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