Why we walk for Apraxia Kids!
We 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.
We 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.
After getting a diagnosis of childhood apraxia of speech, it can be a lot to take in. I am BEYOND greatful for the information, resources and materials provided by Apraxia Kids. I believe it has helped us tremendously to get Gunnar the help & resources he needs!
Imagine having all of your regular thoughts, needs, wants fears... and not being able to communicate any of them. Having a brain that funcations at full capacity, but not having the words to let those around you know your thoughts. Your needs, to say simple sentences like "I love you" or "I'm hurt".
Please help us meet our fundraising goal by making a donation now or by joining the team! By supporting Apraxia Kids, you too, can make an impact for children and families affected by apraxia!
We believe, “Every child deserves a voice”.
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Slow and steady wins the race!
We are making our way towards our goal!... I can tell you first hand, when your child is diagnosed with apraxia of speech, it is a very confusing time. One of the first thoughts I think every parent has is; okay, so will my child ever be able to speak? While the answer is generally "yes", it's not an easy 'yes' by any means.
I have received some really great questions about what "this is" in regards to the fundraiser and Apraxia Kids as a whole. So here is a "little" bit of information on what this fabulous organization has to offer!! What Apraxia Kids does and why we are supporting them. Again from first hand experience, without this organization I would have and would still feel lost. The resources they provide to families is immeasurable. I am beyond grateful and thankful to have found them as a resource at the very beginning of our journey.
Support for Children and Families -- Apraxia Kids works on a national and local level to provide support to children with apraxia of speech and their families. When a family is first diagnosed with apraxia, they may feel alone, confused, or frustrated. Apraxia Kids works to support families in a variety of ways to help them navigate their journey. They provide resources and information through their website, article library, print materials, online support groups, and more.
Education -- Apraxia Kids is nationally-recognized for their advanced training and clinical expertise in childhood apraxia of speech. They are committed to providing evidence-based information on childhood apraxia of speech to parents and professionals through their core programs and research grants. Each year Apraxia Kids provides direct training and education to hundreds of speech professionals and families. They offer a full range of educational options that provides the latest information on understanding, diagnosing, and treating children with apraxia of speech. Apraxia Kids offers online webinars, regional workshops, intensive trainings, and the annual national conference in order to provide continuing education. In addition, Apraxia Kids funds research into diagnosis and treatment of CAS to further advancement in the field.
Raising Awareness -- Working collectively with volunteers, Apraxia Kids is spreading awareness of their organization to those impacted by childhood apraxia of speech. While the understanding of apraxia has come a long way since their beginning in 2000, it is still a little-known disorder that affects over 300,000 children across the US. Apraxia Kids continually works to bring apraxia into the light so that every new family diagnosed may have an easier journey to find answers and gain the support necessary for successful treatment of apraxia. The more familiar the public becomes with apraxia, the stronger the resources and support for children and families will become.
The Walk for Apraxia is their biggest event for raising awareness about CAS at the grassroots level. Every year, more than 10,000 individuals come together to celebrate our Apraxia Stars and even more learn about apraxia when they donate to support their friends and families. Our first walk occurred in 2008 in Pittsburgh; today the Walk for Apraxia spans 70+ cities!
IF YOU'RE STILL READING THIS!!! lol sign up for the walk with us! You don't even have to make a monetary donation. The walk for this part of the fundraiser is virtual so other than typing your name, your level of commitment of support is pretty limited 😂. I would LOVE to see our team numbers grow!!
by Ruthie Lumbardo on Thu, Jul 15, 2021 @ 3:15 PM