Walk in September will raise awareness for children with Apraxia


Apraxia of Speech is a neurological speech disorder that affects roughly 1 in 1000 children. It affects the child’s ability to clearly and correctly produce syllables and words.

The 2016 Ark La Tex Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech event will be held on Saturday, September 24th at Wright Patman Lake. Registration begins at 9:00 AM with the Walk beginning at 10:00 AM. It is open to all adults and children. All proceeds will benefit important apraxia 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 across the country as a means to heighten awareness and funding.

“Originally I initiated this Walk to help my step-son who has Apraxia of Speech,” said local Walk Coordinator Carla Wood. “My goal was to bring awareness to the community and raise funds for an amazing cause. This is our 3rd year and I must say, the Walk means so much more now. Initially I was focused on my step-son and providing the support he needed but have since learned there are so many others out there experiencing what my family has. Through our efforts we have been able to educate newly diagnosed families and develop friendships and networks to help them guide people to the right resources so they can get the help they need and most importantly help them to realize that they are not alone!”

Anyone interested in registering, making a donation, or learning more about the event can contact carlap.wood@icloud.com or visit the event website at http://casana.apraxia-kids.org/arklatexwalk.

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