West Bountiful Mother Organizes Third Annual Walk to Raise Awareness for Children with Apraxia of Speech

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

03 APRIL 2013, BOUNTIFUL, UTAH
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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. The walk 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. For more information, visit the walk website at http://secure.apraxia-kids.org/utahwalk.

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 mamaishot.hj69@gmail.com 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.

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"“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.”" Heather Jessop, Utah 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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