Motor Speech Disorders for the Medical Speech-Language Pathologist

Recorded Course – 0.8 ASHA CEUS

Presented by: Kaila Stipancic, PhD CCC-SLP

Motor Speech Disorders may sound like it should be the bread and butter of your work as an SLP (‘Speech’ IS the first word of your professional title, after all…)

…but this corner of the medical SLP profession is actually pretty tricky.

Not only do you need to have a deep understanding of neurophysiology, cranial nerves, upper motor neurons, lower motor neurons, site of lesion and their impact of damage/disease on speech subsystems, as well as evidence-based assessment and treatment tools…

But you likely have time-constraints and limited access to assessment and treatment materials, as well!


This is exactly what Kaila Stipancic, Ph.D. CCC-SLP wants to help you solve in her 8-hour course, titled Motor Speech Disorders for the Medical Speech-Language Pathologist.

“The idea with this course is to give practical tools to SLPs who work in medical settings to better assess and manage patients with motor speech disorders.”

-Kaila Stipanic, PhD CCC-SLP

This is an interactive course!

Make sure to eliminate all distractions when you show up to this course, because your perceptual skills will be put to the test.

Kaila brings dysarthria case studies and patient recordings to watch, listen to, and discuss.

Including video and audio files from Joseph Duffy’s publication entitled “Evolve Resources for Motor Speech Disorders, 4th Edition” that we got permission to use!

As Kaila teaches you, you don’t have to memorize every single feature of every single dysarthria type.

If you can understand what different parts of the nervous system are responsible for, you can easily infer the perceptual features associated with the different types of dysarthrias.

If you have a greater grasp of how lesion site can impact different speech subsystems, you can assess and treat with greater ease.

And Kaila shows you how to do all of that WITH your medical setting in mind.

Productivity demands and limited department funding make it difficult to follow lengthy standardized assessment and treatment plans.

This course provides solutions to that.


Prepare to receive deep-dive education on…

  • Motor speech disorders (MSDs)
  • Upper motor neuron vs lower motor neuron function >>Assessment protocols for MSDs
  • Documentation
  • Goal setting
  • Therapy planning

All while setting you up with realistic protocols and techniques you can apply the very next day!

After you complete this course, you’ll be able to…

  • Outline the importance of assessing and managing motor speech disorders in a medical setting (even when it’s not what the doctor ordered)
  • Describe, implement, and interpret a short protocol for the assessment of motor speech disorders.
  • Summarize management techniques appropriate for patients in a medical setting.
  • Understand and implement objective assessments for speech intelligibility.
  • Understand and implement subsystem-specific assessments
  • Use appropriate patient-reported outcomes and communication-partner outcomes
  • Provide education and in-services about MSDs for other medical professionals

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.

Her brain has studied and understands a LOT about brains in general, which is why we’re extremely honored to have her feed our brains with this full-day course!

Are you ready to advance your motor speech skills in a way that’s applicable to YOUR work setting as a medical SLP?