It’s that time of year again to support our favorite Ant by walking for Apraxia awareness! Local friends, PLEASE support Anthony and join our team, Ant’s Marching. Friends and family who can’t walk, please consider donating to our team. Every child deserves a voice. Your donation funds amazing programs like iPads for children who need them to communicate with, parent and SLP online workshops, research, grants, scholarships, programs to assist with speech therapy costs, conferences for professionals and family members, etc.
Share the morning with us! Come alone, bring a friend, and/your kids as it is entirely kid friendly and there are dozens of fun activities for them to do...including face painting! Adults will enjoy the awesome silent auction deals! Following the walk, the children we are walking for participate in a short ceremony. The children will walk individually on stage to accept their medal because they are “Apraxia Stars!” It was a proud moment to see Anthony do it for the past 2 years and it will be again this year.
Thank you! Much love, Anthony’s biggest advocates, Mommy
What is Apraxia of Speech?
"Apraxia of Speech is considered a motor speech disorder. For unknown reasons, children with Apraxia have great difficulty planning and producing the precise, highly refined and specific series of movements of the tongue, lips, jaw and palate that are necessary for intelligible speech. The root word “praxis” means planned movement. So to some degree or another, a child with the diagnosis of Apraxia of Speech has difficulty programming and planning speech movements. Apraxia of speech is a specific speech disorder.
A true developmental delay of speech is when the child is following the “typical” path of childhood speech development, albeit at a rate slower than normal. Sometimes this rate is commensurate with cognitive skills. In typical speech/language development, the child’s receptive and expressive skills are pretty much moving together. What is generally seen in a child with Apraxia of Speech is a significant gap between their receptive language abilities and expressive abilities. In other words, the child’s ability to understand language (receptive ability) is broadly within normal limits, but his or her expressive speech is limited, seriously deficient, or absent.”