Welcome to the fundraising page for the Walk for Apraxia!!
As family and friends that are near and dear to us, we know that you have witnessed our journey with Cooper and his diagnosis of Childhood Apraxia of Speech. The Apraxia-Kids organization has been an amazing resource as we have worked to gain an understanding of apraxia, and what next steps are best for Cooper. Our family trip to The Mayo Clinic in March of 2018 provided clarity and opened doors for Cooper in his education process. Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) is a neurological disability that efffects the neuro pathways from the child's brain, to the muscle that are required to complete the task at hand. For example, the brain tells the mouth how to move the muscles to create certain sounds (speech), when the connection gets lost, or is sent to the wrong muscle group, the process becomes complicated and delayed. There is no cure for CAS, however, there is success in teaching coping skills, and Cooper exceeds our expectations everyday! We are hopeful and pray that as an adult he will learn to conquer and move past his current struggles.
Cooper is our fun loving 7 year old boy, who has never met a stragner in his life. Even though he has been given the term of Apraxia, it has never once defined him. He has defined himself. From tractors to legos, Cooper always has something to talk about. He works so very hard each and every day. At school, he goes to Speech 3 times a week, Occupational Therapy once a week, all while learning the typical curriculm for a 2nd grader. At home we are working constantly, through play, studying, interacting, and practice. After a full day of school Cooper still isn't done with his day. Cooper attends private Speech after school twice a week, as well as Occupational Therapy twice a week. These loving therapists have become an extention of our family and work so hard to give Cooper the best.
As a whole family we do our best to gain knowledge and information to help Cooper with his Apraxia. This foundation guides the research and tools that we need, to continue to gain ground for Cooper. Please consider joining us for this fun event as we celebrate Cooper and his voice that we all love to hear so much.
We will be creating Tshirts to wear as a team, look for details in the future about ordering dates.
With all our love,
Annie, Eric, Cooper and Emma Martin
I Walk for Apraxia to show my support for children in my community with apraxia, our shining stars. I Walk to show these stars they are not alone.
Every dollar raised helps support Apraxia Kids. I believe in the work Apraxia Kids does to strengthen the support systems in the lives of children with apraxia so that each child is afforded their best opportunity to develop to their full potential.
I need your help. Would you please consider making a donation? Your donation goes to fund amazing programs like iPads for children who need it to communicate, parent and speech therapist workshops, research, and a program to assist families in need with speech therapy costs.
Thank you again for your support in this very important cause.
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