Stockton College Speech and Hearing Club Organizes Walk to Raise Apraxia Awareness

Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech–unlock our voices; open up our futures

02 APRIL 2013, GALLOWAY, NEW JERSEY
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Stockton College students will honor children with apraxia at the Fourth Annual South Jersey Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech event on Saturday, April 13, at Stockton College. The Walk is open to all adults and children. On-site registration and check-in begins at 10:00 AM, with the Walk starting promptly at 10:30 AM. A raffle and barbeque lunch will follow the conclusion of the Walk. For more information, visit http://secure.apraxia-kids.org/southjerseywalk.

Stockton College students will honor children with apraxia at the Fourth Annual South Jersey Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech event on Saturday, April 13, at Stockton College.  Over the last three years, more than 600 total participants joined the walk that helped bring local awareness to the motor speech disorder and raised to date over $60,000 to benefit important programs and research of the Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA).

“I am organizing the walk because I feel that it is very important to spread the word about apraxia,” said Kristina Sabado, who is coordinating this Walk for her first year for the South Jersey area.  Sabado is a junior speech-language pathology major at Stockton College and an officer for the Speech and Hearing Club.  

“These children work so hard and they want their voices to be heard.  I personally wanted to be able to help them succeed and fortunately I was given the opportunity to do so.” 

The Fourth Annual South Jersey Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech is open to all adults and children.  On-site registration and check-in begins at 10:00 AM, with the Walk starting promptly at 10:30 AM.  A raffle and barbeque lunch will follow the conclusion of the Walk.  Anyone interested in participating should contact Sabado at sabadok@go.stockton.edu  OR visit the website at http://secure.apraxia-kids.org/southjerseywalk 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.

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"“These children work so hard and they want their voices to be heard. I personally wanted to be able to help them succeed and fortunately I was given the opportunity to do so.” " Kristina Sabado, South Jersey Student Walk Coordinator
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About Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA)

The Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA), founded in 2000, strives 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 and to achieve to their potential. CASANA works toward this mission through promoting national awareness of childhood apraxia of speech; providing high quality information and support to families and professionals; conducting multiple educational events around the nation; and supporting as well as funding apraxia research.  For more information on CASANA and Childhood Apraxia of Speech, visit the Apraxia-KIDS website at http://www.apraxia-kids.org.

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