Welcome to Team Conlan's fundraising page for the Walk for Apraxia!
We’re helping children just like Conlan find their voice! We need your help! You can participate even if you are unable to be at the Walk by making a donation to support our efforts.
Childhood apraxia of speech (CAS) is a motor speech disorder. Children with CAS have problems saying sounds, syllables, and words. The brain has problems planning to move the body parts (e.g., lips, jaw, tongue) needed for speech. Conlan was officially diagnosed with Apraxia August 2015 and we have been working with a speech therapist and occupational therapist to help increase his awareness of his sound production and movement of his mouth.
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.
-Teresa Fox, Team Leader
To find out more about Apraxia you can visit http://www.apraxia-kids.org/.
Not all children with CAS are the same. All of the signs and symptoms listed below may not be present in every child. General things to look for in a child include the following:
A Very Young Child:
Does not coo or babble as an infant
First words are late, and they may be missing sounds
Only a few different consonant and vowel sounds
Problems combining sounds; may show long pauses between sounds
Simplifies words by replacing difficult sounds with easier ones or by deleting difficult sounds (although all children do this, the child with apraxia of speech does so more often)
May have problems eating
An Older Child:
Makes inconsistent sound errors that are not the result of immaturity
Can understand language much better than he or she can talk
Has difficulty imitating speech, but imitated speech is more clear than spontaneous speech
May appear to be groping when attempting to produce sounds or to coordinate the lips, tongue, and jaw for purposeful movement
Has more difficulty saying longer words or phrases clearly than shorter ones
Appears to have more difficulty when he or she is anxious
Is hard to understand, especially for an unfamiliar listener
Sounds choppy, monotonous, or stresses the wrong syllable or word
Potential Other Problems:
Delayed language development
Other expressive language problems like word order confusions and word recall
Difficulties with fine motor movement/coordination
Over sensitive (hypersensitive) or under sensitive (hyposensitive) in their mouths (e.g., may not like toothbrushing or crunchy foods, may not be able to identify an object in their mouth through touch)
Children with CAS or other speech problems may have problems when learning to read, spell, and write.