Motor Speech Conference 2019

We are excited to announce this Motor Speech Conference. We hope to see you in October!

do, 24/10/2019 - 09:00 tot vr, 25/10/2019 - 17:30
UZA, Auditorium Kinsbergen, route 12

Dear colleagues,

We are excited to announce this Motor Speech Conference!

Traditionally, our motor speech conferences offer you a balanced mix of state-of-the-art knowledge, national and international expertise, practical information, recent and clinically relevant study results and an update on ongoing research.

The focus of this edition is on speech therapy in motor speech disorders, which is often very challenging. Special attention is paid to articulation therapy and computerized treatment modalities. Other main topics are cerebral palsy, prosody, special conditions and communicative participation.

New in this edition is the Question & Answer session where you can ask keynote speaker Joe Duffy and all other experts present, your long burning questions. To make sure that this session is a success, we would like to ask you to send in as many questions as possible in advance. You can do this easily by the ‘Question-button’ on the registration website. All question, small and big, are welcome!

We hope to see you in October at the Antwerp University Hospital,

The organizing committee

Keynote speaker

We are proud to announce Joe Duffy as keynote speaker.

Joe Duffy is a worldwide authority in the domain of motor speech disorders and his book helped many of us to gain more insight in this domain and to solve many issues in clinical practice. He is a speech-language pathologist in the Division of Speech Pathology in the Department of Neurology at the Mayo Clinic and Professor in the Mayo College of Medicine.  His clinical, research, scholarly and teaching activities are primarily in the area of acquired neuropathologies of speech and language.  He serves on the Editorial Board or as a reviewer for many journals, has served as co-chair and member of the Certification Board of the Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences (ANCDS), and is a member of several ANCDS Practice Guidelines committees.  He is a Fellow in the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and has been awarded the Honors of ASHA and ASHA’s Frank R. Kleffner Lifetime Clinical Career Award.


Thursday October 24, 2019 / 9 am - 5.30 pm

Morning session

  • Speech therapy for motor speech disorders:  Is it worth the effort? - Joseph Duffy
  • Towards a virtual articulation therapist – concept & effect study - Gwen Van Nuffelen
  • Towards a virtual articulation therapist – speech algorithm development - Viviana Mendoza & Marc De Bodt
  • Feasibility of telehealth in stroke survivors- Katja Batens
  • Treatment of velopharyngeal inadequacy in dysarthric speakers - Joseph Duffy
  • Question & Answer session - Joseph Duffy & other experts

Afternoon session

  • Rhythmic disturbance in motor speech disorders - Anja Lowit
  • New acoustic measurements of sentence accent - Maria Hernandez-Huic
  • Speech therapy for prosodic deficits in dysarthria - Heidi Martens  
  • Computerized assessment and treatment of prosody - Lukas Latacz

Friday October 25, 2019 / 9 am – 5.30 pm

Morning session

  • Primary progressive apraxia of speech - Joseph Duffy   
  • Foreign Accent Syndrome - Stefanie Keulen
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis: relationship with non-fluent aphasia and frontotemporal dementia - Cindy Guns 
  • The relationship between muscle characteristics and speech in Duchenne muscular dystrophy, using ultrasound - Simone Knuijt

Afternoon session

  • Treatment of dysarthria in children with CP - Lindsay Pennington 
  • New insights in the treatment of persons with Parkinson’s disease - Miet De Letter
  • Lombard effect on speech in Parkinson’s disease - Dagmar Annaert & Charlotte Paulyn 
  • Dutch Communication Participation Item Bank - Leen Van den Steen
  • How to improve communicative participation in persons with MSD - Frank Paemeleire
  • Future perspectives within the domain of  motor speech - Joseph Duffy & Marc De Bodt

Practical information

  • Date: Thursday & Friday 24-25 October 2019, 9 am - 5.30 pm
  • Location: Antwerp University Hospital - Auditorium Kinsbergen (route 12), Wilrijkstraat 10, 2650 Edegem
  • Parking: Free parking is provided. 

For updated information on transport and detailed venue location, please check


You can register here. Inscription is through the website only and valid upon receipt of payment.


The price covers congress materials, parking fee, coffee, lunch and closing drinks. 
  1 day 2 days
Professional €150 €250
Student* €40 €80
*fulltime bachelor or master student; the number of students is limited to 20.

More info or questions?



  • Prof. dr. Joseph Duffy, SLP, affiliatie
  • Mrs. Lindsay Pennington, SLP, affiliatie
  • Mrs. Viviana Mendoza, SLP, affiliatie
  • Prof. dr. Marc De Bodt, SLP, UZA
  • Dr. Katja Batens, SLP, UZ Gent
  • Dr. Anja Lowit, SLP, affiliatie
  • Dr. Ir. Maria Hernandez-Huic, UA
  • Dr. Heidi Martens, UA
  • Dr. Ir. Lukas Latacz, VUB
  • Dr. Stefanie Keulen, SLP, affiliatie
  • Mrs. Cindy Guns, SLP, UZA
  • Dr. Simone Knuijt, SLP, UMC Radboud
  • Prof. Dr. Miet De Letter, UGent
  • Mrs. Dagmar Annaert, master student SLP, UGent
  • Mrs. Charlotte Paulyn, mater student SLP, UGent
  • Prof. Dr. Gwen Van Nuffelen, SLP, UZA
  • Mrs. Leen Van den Steen, SLP, UZA
  • Mr. Frank Paemeleire, SLP, UZA

Organizing committee

  • Prof. Dr. Gwen Van Nuffelen, SLP, UZA, UA, UGent
  • Prof. Dr. Marc De Bodt, SLP, UZA, UA, UGent
  • Drs. Leen Van den Steen, SLP, UZA
  • Drs. Viviana Mendoza, Ir., UZA, UA
  • Ms. Cindy Guns, SLP, UZA
  • Ms. Els Verhaeghe, SLP, UZA
  • Ms. Anke Aerts, SLP, UZA
  • Ms. Hermien Heres, SLP, UZA
  • Ms. Veerle Vanlommel, UZA
  • Prof. Dr. Olivier Vanderveken, UZA, UA


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