Why I walk for Apraxia Kids:
I have experienced personally, and professionally, the impact apraxia of speech can have on a child and their family. Navigating the best ways to support their loved one, while also looking for a professional to guide the way and provide a confident and capable support system. My youngest sister, Hailey, had a rare chromosomal disorder, Idic15, with comorbid apraxia of speech. She inspired my academic path and professional career in becoming a speech language pathologist. Hailey continues to inpsire my support and interest in following the research and best practices related to apraxia of speech.
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.