We are now accepting applications for the 2017 iPads for Apraxia program! In this program, qualified children with a diagnosis of apraxia of speech are provided with iPads and protective cases in order to assist with speech practice; use as a communication tool, incentive and educational support.
The program, in its sixth year, was created in recognition of the volume and intensity of speech practice necessary for children with apraxia. Various iPad apps are designed to assist with speech practice in home and other environments. Additionally, many apps exist which can be used as communication tools or augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) for children still struggling to be understood. And since speech practice can sometimes be inherently difficult and repetitive, apps can also be used as incentive for completed practice by the child.
In a research report regarding our iPads for Apraxia project, parents and therapists reported positive perceptions of and experiences with the iPad technology at home and during speech therapy. Children reportedly experienced excitement, motivation, immediacy, reduced frustration, and the ability to practice speech outside of therapy.
Our 2017 iPads for Apraxia Project Application Packet contains all of the information, instructions, applications that are required. Parents or legal guardians are eligible to apply for their child. Residency and income guidelines do apply.
Applicants are encouraged to read the information and instructions carefully and to be sure to send all required documentation.
There is a complete set of “Questions & Answers” in the application packet. Because we are small in number of staff, we are unable to take phone calls regarding the application process. Individuals are able to email firstname.lastname@example.org for questions. No other email addresses will respond to questions.
Finally, we thank all of our donors, participants, and volunteers in our Walk for Apraxia as well as Giving Tuesday donors. Without your support this program would not be possible!