Bountiful mother, Heather Jessop, will honor her 5-year-old daughter with apraxia, TyAnn Jessop, at the third annual Utah Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech event on Saturday, April 20, in Bountiful City Park. Last year nearly 100 residents participated in the walk that helped bring local awareness to the motor speech disorder to benefit the Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA).
“My goal in life is to raise awareness of apraxia in Utah so that when people talk to TyAnn or another child with apraxia, a big, long explanation is not needed,” said Jessop, who is coordinating this Walk for her third year in Bountiful. Jessop’s daughter was diagnosed with childhood apraxia of speech three years ago.
“Come on out to Bountiful City Park to get educated on apraxia and play some fun games.”
The Third Annual Utah Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech is open to all adults and children. On-site registration and check-in begins at 11:00 AM, with the Walk starting promptly at 1:00 PM. Anyone interested in participating should contact Jessop at firstname.lastname@example.org OR visit the website at http://secure.apraxia-kids.org/utahwalk for more information, to register, or to make a donation.
Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) is a very challenging and complicated neurological speech disorder in children. This little known disorder makes it difficult or impossible for children to accurately produce sounds, syllables, and/or words despite having a good understanding of language. The Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech is held as a means to heighten awareness and to benefit important funding for CASANA programs and apraxia research.