Why I walk for Apraxia Kids!
I walk to support all children diagnosed with apraxia of speech - our Apraxia Stars. To show these children they are not alone and to acknowledge all the hard work they must do to overcome communication challenges that affect their day-to-day lives.
I walk to raise funds for the mission of Apraxia Kids – to strengthen the support systems in the lives of children with apraxia of speech by educating professionals and families; facilitating community engagement and outreach; and investing in the future through advocacy and research.
I walk to say "Thank You!" Apraxia Kids was instrumental in helping our Caleb to get his voice. At 2 years old we heard the word "Apraxia" for the first time. It was gut-wrenching. It was scary. We were completely lost on how to help him. Between Apraxia Kids and TEIS we learned how to slowly begin to navigate our new world full of speech therapy, occupational therapy and developmental therapy. At 3 years old Apraxia Kids gave Caleb an iPad through their iPads for Children with Apraxia program. This was the first time that Caleb had a "voice" to tell us what he wanted or needed. Hearing his "voice" prompted new sounds, which became his first word at 3 1/2, "Maw." The first time we heard him "say" the words "I Love You" was from that iPad. The support from other families in the Apraxia community was amazing and truly needed in such a difficult time in our lives.
Please help me meet my fundraising goal by making a donation now or by joining our team. You, too, can make an impact for children and families affected by apraxia! You can help a family that is just beginning their journey like we did 8 years ago, or a seasoned Apraxia family like ours who is still struggling with helping their child find their voice.
I believe, “Every child deserves a voice”. Help us give one to every child.