Have fun while giving back to your community, and helping to raise funds for a good cause - register today to be a part of the 2013 Isaias' Walk for Apraxia right here in Yakima, coming up on Saturday, October 5, 2013. Get the details below, and learn more about what Apraxia is, why it matters, and how you can help.
What is Apraxia?
According to Apraxia-Kids.org, "Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) is a motor speech disorder that first becomes apparent as a young child is learning speech. For reasons not yet fully understood, children with apraxia of speech have great difficulty planning and producing the precise, highly refined and specific series of movements of the tongue, lips, jaw and palate that are necessary for intelligible speech." It is very different than just a case of delayed speech - in a speech delay, children have the right skills and ability in both understanding language and communicating, they're just running behind on the normal development schedule of expressing them. But in children with Apraxia, they have the "normal" levels of understanding and comprehending language, but are unable to match that with the same level of speaking. With a proper diagnosis, and appropriate treatment, most children will eventually reach normal levels of speech - but not all will. Which is why it's so important to raise awareness of Apraxia, and help raise money for more research and support!
How you can help:
Register today to join 2013 Isaias' Walk for Apraxia here in Yakima, October 5, 2013 at Emil Kissel Park in Yakima, Washington. Registration opens at 9:00 am with the walk and family-fun activities starting at 10:00am.
- When: October 5, 2013
- Where: Emil Kissel Park, West King Court (32nd and Mead Ave) Yakima, WA 98902
- How: Sign up via the website, Register Here. If you register by September 8, 2013 to get a free tshirt in your size - from youth to adult!
Learn more about the kids affected by Apraxia:
"Despite being told everything was okay, by age 3, both Isaias and Harley had an extremely limited vocabulary. Harley had some approximations, but very few "real" words; Isaias could only grunt and make a few babbling sounds. Strangers and even family members could not understand them; we became their interpreters. It is devastating and heartbreaking to have your child be so frustrated that you can't understand them and they just look at you with helpless eyes- they knew what they wanted to say, they just couldn't get it out. Although they both finally started in generic speech therapy, neither child made substantial progress. It wasn't until they were diagnosed with Childhood Apraxia of Speech and received specific speech and PROMPT therapy, that Isaias and Harley began to form real sounds and words." - get the whole story here: Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech.
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To learn more about Apraxia visit the site to get information, support, and family resources.
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