You can help a child find their voice!
At Apraxia Kids, we believe that every child deserves a voice. That is why we work to strengthen the support systems in the lives of children with childhood apraxia of speech (CAS) so that every child is afforded the best opportunity to develop speech and communication.
Apraxia Kids is the only national nonprofit organization working to support families whose children are diagnosed with CAS. We help families across the United States as well as Canada and we even provide resources to families and professionals around the world including Brazil, Australia, and the UK.
We are a small organization with a big reach. Our founders invested in building a website early-on in order to reach more apraxia families. Our online presence is the reason we can connect so many families with the information they need, but our technology is not keeping up with demand. We need a new website and a new webinar platform so that families can find exactly the kind of information they need, when they need it. Access to the most up-to-date information greatly benefits families new to the diagnosis of CAS so that they can share this information with friends and family, coaches and teachers, school administrators, SLPs, medical providers, and any other person who may come in contact with their child. Our website is also the leading provider of information for speech-language pathologists who are looking to learn more about appropriate recognition, diagnosis, and treatment of apraxia.
A new website will:
- Enable parents and professionals to receive information tailored to their specific needs
- Upgrade our current professional directory listings to help families find help more efficiently
- Update and improve our existing resources
- Make our website wholly mobile-friendly.
- Build stronger communities for children with apraxia by making local resources more accessible.
- Reinforce our position as the industry leader in evidence-based information about childhood apraxia of speech.
Most importantly, upgraded technology means that more children will receive the support they need to gain effective speech and communication!
What is childhood apraxia of speech?
Apraxia is a severe neurological speech disorder that makes it difficult or impossible for children to plan the movements of speech structures (i.e. lips, tongue, soft palate, jaw) that make intelligible speech possible. Children with apraxia know what they want to say, but have difficulty physically forming the words. Apraxia requires more frequent, intense therapy than many other speech disorders. Appropriate speech therapy is currently the only successful treatment for apraxia.