Anne Brothers of Emmett is coordinating the 4th Annual Idaho Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech event on Saturday, June 1, in Stephen C. Guerber Park. To date, more than 45 participants have registered for the upcoming Walk that has already raised over $1000 with all proceeds benefitting important programs and research of the Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA).
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 funding.
“We are holding this walk in honor of children who have apraxia of speech, to recognize their accomplishments over the last year, to share in some of their struggles, and to meet new children with apraxia and their families. We are also trying to raise awareness for apraxia in Boise and surrounding areas,” said Brothers, who has a seven-year-old daughter with apraxia of speech. “My daughter Anikia has been in speech therapy since she was two years old, going three days a week. Now she is doing so well that we moved her therapy appointments down to two days a week. She is thriving in school and most people can now understand her.”
The Fourth Annual Idaho Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech is open to all adults and children. On-site registration and check-in begins at 9:30 AM, with the Walk starting promptly at 10:00 AM. Anyone interested in participating should contact Brothers at email@example.com OR visit the website at http://secure.apraxia-kids.org/idahowalk for more information, to register, or to make a donation.
The Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA), based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and founded in 2000, is the only national 501(c)3 non-profit public charity exclusively dedicated to the needs and interests of children with apraxia of speech and their families. CASANA’s mission is to improve the systems of support in the lives of children with apraxia so that each child is afforded their best opportunity to develop speech. CASANA supports this mission by promoting awareness through Walks held all over North America; providing high quality information and support through the Apraxia-KIDS website and online communities; conducting multiple educational events; and funding apraxia research. For more information on CASANA and Childhood Apraxia of Speech, visit the Apraxia-KIDS website at http://www.apraxia-kids.org.