Welcome to OPPEN CAS, the #1 Resource of Ontario professionals and parents interested in Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS). It has been created to SUPPORT EMPOWER and CONNECT around Ontario-based CAS issues, ideas, and information. We strive to empower professionals and parents with knowledge, connect you with each other, and support you in your personalized journey through CAS. We want to share […]
News & Events
Applying for the Disability Tax Credit (DTC) (Guest Post by Angela Muis, CDA & Brooke Rea, SLP)
If you are interested in accessing the Disability Tax Credit (DTC) for your child, here is how you can apply, step-by-step: Families of children with childhood apraxia of speech may have expenses … Learn More
Apraxia and Literacy: A Few of My Favourite Things (Guest Post by Angela Muis)
As the parent of a child with apraxia, I have often found connecting with best-fit literacy resources for my son to be challenging. It’s been quite a search but I have collected a group of resources I … Learn More
Frequently Asked Questions
Is there a cure for Childhood Apraxia of Speech?
While there is no CURE, regular and intensive speech therapy using the principles of motor learning that is accessed early in the child’s life/diagnosis is known to best treat CAS. This means consistent attendance to therapy where the Speech-Language … Learn More
How do I find a SLP for treating CAS in Ontario?
In Ontario, no Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) can use the terms (or variations of) “specialize” or “expert”. Our licensing body (the College of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists of Ontario; CASLPO) clearly states the use of these terms … Learn More
Our favourite online resources
There are some really great CAS resources available online and OPPEN CAS is a strong believer in not “recreating the wheel”. We strive to address Ontario-based issues, while highlighting the incredible work of others around the world. We would like … Learn More
Diagnosis of CAS in Ontario: why it’s tricky, why it’s important, and why we need to do better!
Because diagnosis is a bit of a ‘black hole’ in Ontario, parents frequently contact us to ask if it is important to get a formal diagnosis, or if it’s ok to just carry on without one. Ontario SLPs cannot communicate a diagnosis but are the most … Learn More
A Parent’s Perspective
A Parent’s Journey to CASANA 2015 (Guest Post by Angie Muis)
In July, Angela Muis, a parent of a child with CAS, travelling to the National CASANA Conference. The Conference is held annually in July and moves locations every year, making it accessible to many professionals and families. Many families ask me, “is it worth it to travel all the way to the Conference” and while […]
Diagnosis of CAS in Ontario: A Parent’s Perspective (Guest Post by Angie Muis)
“Speech-language pathologists are the professionals who diagnose and treat disorders of speech, language, and swallowing. Thus, the assessment and diagnosis of apraxia of speech, as well as all other speech sound disorders, are within the scope of professional responsibilities of SLPs” *…BUT…* …Ontario’s Speech-Language Pathologists cannot communicate a diagnosis of CAS. Wait, what?! Outside of […]
Introducing: A Parent’s Perspective
When OPPEN CAS was launched over a year ago, it was the vision of an SLP who wanted to better SUPPORT, EMPOWER and CONNECT families and professionals in Ontario on their journey with Childhood Apraxia of Speech. Over the last year, numerous families and professionals have reached out with questions, problems, and stories and we’ve done our best […]