Apraxia specialist, Lynn Carahaly, M.A., CCC-SLP, is on a mission to raise public awareness on behalf of Arizona families raising children with a rare speech disorder: Childhood Apraxia of Speech. Carahaly will honor local children with apraxia at the 2013 Arizona Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech event to be held on Saturday, April 27, 2013 at Desert Breeze Park. To date, more than 200 participants have registered for the upcoming Walk that has raised over $10,000 and counting; all proceeds raised benefit important programs and research of the Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA).
“My goal is to bring families together, raise awareness, and strengthen the Arizona apraxia support network community, and fund raise for the amazing organization, CASANA,” said Carahaly, who is coordinating this Walk for her first year. Carahaly is the director and owner of Foundations Developmental House and Listening Ears located in Chandler, AZ.
“We invite everyone to come out and show support for children with apraxia and their families.”
The 2013 Arizona Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech is open to all adults and children. On-site registration and check-in begins at 8:30 AM, with the Walk starting promptly at 10:00 AM. Anyone interested in participating should contact Carahaly at firstname.lastname@example.org OR visit the website at http://secure.apraxia-kids.org/arizonawalk 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.