Suggestions for Observing May 14, 2016 – Apraxia Awareness Day
- States, counties, and cities often issue “proclamations” to designate May 14 as Apraxia Awareness Day (click here to read about proclamations and the process).
- Put Apraxia Awareness Day on online calendars of newspaper and news websites (use this website to find newspapers in your region)
- Submit the Apraxia Awareness Press Release to a local newspaper
- Write a “letter to the editor” of your local paper about Apraxia Awareness Day. We’ve created a sample letter to the editor for you to adapt as you see fit (see template online).
- Distribute Apraxia information in your community! You can find printed brochures, posters, and booklets in our online Apraxia store. Or download these apraxia awareness business cards or postcards and print them yourself!
- Have a community fundraiser and raise funds for our Apraxia programs and research!
- For other fantastic ideas big and small see photos from the 2015 Apraxia Awareness day and 2014 Apraxia Awareness Day!
Use your blog on May 14th to write about apraxia and Apraxia Awareness Day. Share something related to:
- How has your child with apraxia taught you important life lessons; or
- The special grit, “guts”, determination and resilience of kids with apraxia and your/their families.
Be sure to alert us to your blog so we can share in our social media channels!
Many of our families enjoy spending time in their child’s classroom and would like to share some activities in the classroom that would raise Apraxia Awareness with their child’s peers. Following are some activities that you can facilitate in your child’s classroom:
- Art class:
- Students can make posters depicting situations that might be difficult for a person with CAS. The posters could be hung around the school hallways.
- Have students make bookmarks that promote CAS awareness
- Library: Have the librarian create a corner display with books/videos that deal with communication difficulties.
- Invite the school SLP or a local SLP to come into class to talk about CAS.
- Create bulletin boards that will inform other students about CAS.
- Have students write an essay/poem about what it would be like if your friends couldn’t understand what you were saying.
- Sign language: Have everyone in the class learn one sign and teach it to the rest of the class. Discuss who uses sign language and why someone who is not deaf might use sign language.
- Play the “telephone game” to show students the importance of listening.
- Have everyone sit or stand in a straight line.
- One person at one end of the line whispers a word or phrase into the ear of the person sitting or standing next to them.
- The next person will then whisper what they hear to the next person, and so on, until the person at the other end of the line receives the given word or phrase.
- Have the last person say the word or phrase out loud. Usually what the last person hears is not what the first person whispered!
- Host a scavenger hunt in the classroom. Use objects that might apply to communication difficulties or CAS. For example; plastic/magnetic alphabet letters, red wax lips, etc. After the hunt have a discussion on the objects used in the hunt and what they might have to do with communication.
- Have the children create Public Service Announcements that could be read over the PA system throughout the day on Apraxia Awareness Day, May 14, 2014.
- Prepare a PowerPoint presentation for the class that will inform students about CAS and communication difficulties.
GRAPHICS for SOCIAL MEDIA
Use Apraxia Awareness images for your Facebook or Twitter profile picture and your cover photo (see some below). Update your status frequently on May 14 and share information you feel is important for your friends to know and understand! We will be adding graphics to those below and have made them in a number of colors for you to use your favorite!(Please note: CASANA’s images may be used by individuals but may not be used for commercial or sales purposes.)