‘The Nuffield Dyspraxia Programme – 3rd edition: how to use it effectively for children with CAS and other speech disorders’

This course is suitable for speech pathologists who want to update their knowledge of childhood apraxia of speech (CAS, known as developmental verbal dyspraxia in the UK) and to learn how to use the latest edition of the Nuffield Dyspraxia Programme (NDP3) in their practice effectively.


  • Thursday, 8 June, 2017 - Friday, 9 June, 2017
    9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Course Code:   CPE17NDP3

Course Information

This course is suitable for speech pathologists who want to update their knowledge of childhood apraxia of speech (CAS, known as developmental verbal dyspraxia in the UK) and to learn how to use the latest edition of the Nuffield Dyspraxia Programme (NDP3) in their practice effectively. Topics include the nature of CAS and other speech sound disorders and differential diagnosis and the latest evidence-based for treating CAS. The focus of the workshop is assessment and management using the NDP3 – making treatment decisions, setting goals, selecting stimuli to treat, intervention planning across sections and monitoring progress. All of these aspects will help clinicians use the program in-line with best evidence and will assist in using the program for clients, including those who are eligible for NDIS. There will be lecture and workshop sessions, many video demonstrations and hands-on practice using the program. Participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance upon completion of the course.


09.00 Registration

09.30 Introduction - Dr Pamela Williams and Dr Elizabeth Murray

09.45 Childhood Apraxia of Speech - an update from the literature

10.45 COFFEE / TEA

11.05 Intervention for CAS and brief overview of intervention of the NDP3

11.30 Assessment – diagnosis

12.30 LUNCH

13.30 Assessment – workshop session

14.40 COFFEE / TEA

15.00 NDP3 therapy approach



09.30 NDP3 therapy approach continued

10.00 Supported NDP3 treatment planning

11.00 COFFEE / TEA

11.20 Treatment planning – workshop session

12.30 LUNCH

13.30 NDP3 treatment sessions

14.30 Monitoring progress

15.00 COFFEE / TEA

15.20 Case management / clinical queries

16.20 Concluding remarks / closing


  • Dr Pamela Williams
    Dr Pamela Williams is a certified practising UK speech and language therapist who works at the Nuffield Hearing & Speech Centre, Royal National Throat Nose & Ear Hospital, London. Pamela (usually known as Pam) has spent much of her working life at the Nuffield Centre and is currently employed as a Consultant Speech & Language Therapist and Team Manager for Developmental Disorders. She was involved in creating the original Nuffield Centre Dyspraxia Programme, published in 1985, co-edited the current NDP third edition with her colleague Hilary Stephens, and has overall responsibility for NDP3’ s ongoing development. Pam is primarily a clinician, who assesses and treats children with severe speech impairments. However, she has lectured widely in UK and Ireland on the subject of NDP and developmental verbal dyspraxia/childhood apraxia of speech. She is also an honorary lecturer in the Division of Psychology & Language Sciences at University College London. Pam was a member of the working party who produced the RCSLT Policy Statement on Developmental Verbal Dyspraxia, published in November 2011. She is also a former chair of the UK Dyspraxia Foundation Charity. She was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists in 2013, in recognition of having carried out work of special value to the profession. Pam carried out her doctoral studies at the University of Sheffield on a part-time basis while continuing to work at the Nuffield Centre and was awarded her PhD in May 2016. Pam’s thesis was supervised by Professors Joy Stackhouse and Bill Wells and investigated diadochokinetic skills in children aged 4-7 years with speech difficulties. Pam is passionate about NDP3 and wants to ensure it is used appropriately and effectively by SLPs/SLTs. She is very grateful to Elizabeth Murray and colleagues from University of Sydney for carrying out research which has significantly enhanced the NDP3 evidence base, and is looking forward to further research collaboration.
  • Dr Elizabeth Murray
    Dr. Elizabeth Murray is a certified practising speech pathologist in private practice and also a Lecturer at the University of Sydney, Australia. She completed her PhD in treatment efficacy for children with childhood apraxia of speech (CAS) with supervisors Associate Professor Tricia McCabe and Professor Kirrie Ballard. This included publishing studies investigating diagnosis of suspected CAS, a world-first randomised control trial comparing the Nuffield Dyspraxia Programme (3rd edition) to the Rapid Syllable Transition treatment and a systematic review of treatment options across all levels of evidence for children with CAS. Recently with Jacqueline McKechnie and Pamela Williams, she has investigated which children have responded well to the NDP3 to help determine who are good candidates for the treatment. Elizabeth has worked clinically for over 10 years in Sydney with children with CAS and other speech sound disorders in disability, community health, non-for-profit and private practice settings. She has realised through her work that there is a gap between how the NDP3 is used in the UK versus Australia. She is passionate about improving treatment outcomes for children with CAS and other speech sound disorders in research and practice.



361-365 North Rocks Road, North Rocks, New South Wales, 2151, Australia


North Rocks, Sydney, Australia

Sydney is located on Australia’s south-east coast. With an approximate population of 4.5 million in the Sydney metropolitan area the city is the largest municipality in Australia. Sydney is easily accessible by air, rail and road networks from other Australian cities.

Located approximately 26 km north-west of the city centre, Renwick Centre is accessible via private and public transport to metropolitan areas such as Epping, Parramatta, Hornsby and the city.

North Rocks is a suburban area of Sydney and is the home of the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children since 1961.

Public Transport

There are several public transport options for getting to and from the Renwick Centre within the Sydney metropolitan area.


Cityrail train stations are located in Epping (6 km away) and Parramatta (7km away) and have connecting bus services (refer to Buses section below) to the Centre.

Epping train station is on the Northern, Newcastle and Central Coast lines with a journey time of approximately 30 minutes to the city (Central, Town Hall and Wynyard stations) and 20 minutes to Strathfield or Hornsby stations.

Parramatta train station offers frequent services to the city (about 40 minutes of travel time) and is located on the Western, Cumberland and Blue Mountains lines.

Both stations are wheelchair accessible.


There is a bus stop directly outside the RIDBC campus – services to Epping and Macquarie Centre – and another across the road outside the Westfield Shopping Centre for services to Parramatta and Blacktown. For latest info on these routes, please visit the Sydney Buses website.

Route Destination Wheelchair Accessible
549 Epping Most
546 Epping via Carlingford Most
546/549 Parramatta Most
630 Macquarie Centre No
630 Blacktown No
610/619* City Few
610/619* Rouse Hill Few

* Access to these bus services is from the M2 motorway at Barclay Road bus stop, a 20 minute walk (1.4 km) from the Centre.

Sydney Airport

Sydney Airport has domestic and international terminals and is approximately 35 km south-east of the Renwick Centre.

Cityrail train stations are located within the domestic and international terminals. To get to the centre, you will need to change trains at Central to an Epping or Parramatta service and then either take a taxi or bus the remaining distance to the centre. Journey time by public transport is approximately 90-120 minutes.


Companies providing a taxi service in the Sydney area include Premier Cabs (Phone: 13 10 17), Silver Service (Phone: 133 100), Taxis Combined (Phone: 8332 8888) and RSL Cabs (Phone: 132 211).


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