As many of you know May 14th 2014 is the 2nd National Apraxia Awareness day. Apraxia Awareness is very close to my heart as my 7 year old daughter has Apraxia.
Many people have no idea what Apraxia is, and many insurance companies won’t pay for speech therapy for these kids who desperately need it. We hope that by raising awareness more children will be diagnosed early, and get a better treatment outcome, and that insurance companies will start to cover much need speech therapy costs for these children.
Childhood Apraxia of Speech (Apraxia or CAS) is a neurologically based speech disorder in which children have difficulty with planning the movements that underlie speech. We often do not think about speech as a motor action, but in fact, the act of physically producing speech is probably the most refined movements that humans create.
You can read more about Apraxia and about CASANA, the only national 501c3 nonprofit organization in the USA dedicated exclusively to children with apraxia of speech and their families in our Interview with Sharon Gretz of CASANA
Lynn Carahaly talk about Apraxia and what to do if your child is slow to talk in “When First Words Don’t Come Easily”
You can read about my daughter’s story in One Girl’s Journey with Apraxia.
The iMums are also celebrating Apraxia Awareness Day with a Facebook party where we’ll be giving away codes for speech apps on May 14th from 5-7 Pacific, we have also teamed up with app developers who have some very special speech app sales and freebies to celebrate Apraxia Awareness Day. All month long the Better hearing and Speech Month sales can be found on our sale page and we have lots of special giveaways all month long too.
We are joining up with a bunch of other Bloggers who are hosting Apraxia Awareness links, please check them out for more information about Apraxia.
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We want this to be a place to raise awareness of Apraxia, as well as to let others know they are not alone.
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