Topic Areas: Motor Speech Disorders Across the Lifespan

Topic Chairs: Rene Utianski

Content Area: Speech-Language Pathology

Proposals appropriate for submission to this topic area include those that focus on examining the etiologies, nature, assessment, differential diagnosis, and treatment of apraxia of speech and/or dysarthria in either pediatric or adult populations. Submissions can include clinical and research implications related to motor speech disorders, aspects of motor speech control across the lifespan associated with development, disease, and other relevant factors that affect its function. Interprofessional education, practice, and/or research that addresses the implementation of interprofessional competencies within curricular or practice models or the evaluation of collaborative care outcomes specific to motor speech disorders should be included in this topic area. Evaluation of motor speech disorders in culturally and linguistically diverse individuals should also be included in this topic area.


  • Translational, applied, or implementation research related to motor speech disorders
  • Outcomes/efficacy research in motor speech disorders

Professional Education

  • Application of theory to motor speech disorders
  • Developmental disorders in motor speech control
  • Changes in motor speech disorders associated with aging
  • Comparison of normal and disordered motor speech control
  • Dysarthria in children and adults
  • Identification, assessment, treatment, and theoretical models of childhood apraxia of speech (CAS)
  • Acquired and progressive apraxia of speech in adults
  • Motor speech disorders associated with progressive/degenerative neurologic disease
  • Intelligibility and comprehensibility in motor speech disorders
  • Instrumental/objective assessment of motor speech disorders
  • Neurologic syndromes resulting in motor speech disorders
  • Behavioral interventions in motor speech disorders
  • Case studies welcome
  • Pharmacological, surgical, behavioral, and other interventions in motor speech disorders
  • Multidisciplinary/interdisciplinary/interprofessional aspects associated with motor speech disorders
  • Technological advances specific to motor speech disorders
  • Ethical issues associated with service delivery in motor speech disorders
  • Technology as it relates to motor speech disorders (e.g., mobile applications, devices, software)
  • Innovative service delivery models as it relates to motor speech disorders through telepractice technology

Related Topics

Proposals involving motor speech disorders but with a primary focus on:

  • Theories of production of normal speech motor control or development should be submitted to the Speech and Language Science topic area.
  • Speech disorders associated with the treatment of head and neck cancers should be submitted to the Head and Neck Cancer Issues topic area.
  • Use of telepractice in delivery of service that include technology-based approaches and outcomes at the system level should be submitted to the Telepractice topic area.

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