Chandler Speech-Language Pathologist Organizes Walk to Raise Awareness for Apraxia

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

10 APRIL 2013, CHANDLER, ARIZONA
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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. On-site registration and check-in begins at 8:30 AM, with the Walk starting promptly at 10:00 AM.

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 lynn@listening-ears.com  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.

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"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." Lynn Carahaly, Arizona Walk Coordinator and director/owner of Foundations Developmental House and Listening Ears
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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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