Fayetteville grandmother, Gwen Suber, will honor her 8-year-old grandson with apraxia, Bobby Ray Thomas-Birkes, at the third annual NW Arkansas Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech event on Saturday, May 11, at Lake Wedington Recreation Area. Last year, 50 residents participated in the walk that raised nearly $5,000 and helped bring local awareness to the motor speech disorder to benefit the Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA).
“Can you imagine the frustration that a child goes through? How about your community that may not be aware of your child’s disorder? We found that Childhood Apraxia of Speech was virtually unheard of in Northwest Arkansas, so we are trying to raise awareness in this corner of our state and hopefully it will spread from here,” said Suber, who is coordinating this Walk for her third year in Fayetteville. Suber’s grandson was diagnosed with childhood apraxia of speech three years ago.
“There is hope for children with apraxia, just ask Bobby Ray. He is now able to have a conversation with you.”
The Third Annual NW Arkansas Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech is open to all adults and children. On-site registration and check-in begins at 12:30 PM, with the Walk starting promptly at 2:30 PM. Anyone interested in participating should contact Suber at firstname.lastname@example.org OR visit the website at http://secure.apraxia-kids.org/nwarkansaswalk 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.