Why I walk for Apraxia Kids!
I walk for my son, Chase, is 9 years old and is a fourth grader at Hawthorn Elementary. He started speech therapy at 17 months old and had the “vocabulary” of a 4-month-old. He was diagnosed with Apraxia of Speech at three years old and at 4-year-old had only a handful of words and they were all approximations. For example, mommy was me. Chase has speech therapy 6x a week as well as Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy. Chase started Kindergarten with very few words and a device to “talk” for him. We were able to utilize the services of Apraxia Kids and find a Speech Therapist that specialized in Apraxia. This was a life changing moment for Chase. His speech has drastically improved. He will talk your ear off about anything science and his hypotheses. While he is still very difficult to understand, his progress is amazing. Because of Chase and other families going through this journey, I am assisting coordinating the St. Louis Walk for Apraxia. The walk is a great event that raise awareness, brings families together to support each other and show all the kids with apraxia of speech that they are not alone. They are all stars!
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.
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!
I believe, “Every child deserves a voice”.