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Pittsburgh, PA, July 1, 2011—Donna Lederman, M.A., CCC-SLP, will receive the Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America’s (CASANA) Advocate of the Year Award for her significant contributions, above and beyond what is required of her professional role as a speech-language pathologist. Ms. Lederman has affected positive change for numerous children with apraxia of speech and their families in observable and meaningful ways; more specifically the positive change for children of mothers Jennifer Fealy and Leslie Gregory, both of whom nominated her for this award. Ms. Lederman will be recognized at the 2011 National Conference on Childhood Apraxia of Speech in San Diego, California from July 7-July 9, 2011 at Paradise Point Resort.

“When contacted about the CASANA award by two families in my practice, I felt privileged to know that my work had impacted their children’s lives strongly enough to motivate them to suggest honoring me in such a meaningful way,” said Ms. Lederman, a speech-language professional with private practices in New York. “I was surprised and thrilled by the phone call I received to announce that I was selected to receive this year’s award, and very excited to share the good news with my family and the parents who were kind enough to acknowledge my efforts on behalf of children with Childhood Apraxia of Speech.”

CASANA’s Advocate of the Year Award, a national recognition, is given to a speech professional and/or parent that has contributed in substantial ways to the well-being of numerous children with apraxia of speech through their service, advocacy, and support. CASANA’s award recognizes those who go well beyond just helping their own child or fulfilling the basic requirements of their job as a speech-language pathologist.

“There is nothing like the excitement of a child’s newly acquired ability to communicate, and I love being part of the process,” Ms. Lederman said of her work as a speech-language pathologist working with children with apraxia of speech.

Ms. Lederman, known for her comprehensive approach to the treatment of pediatric motor speech disorders, especially of Childhood Apraxia of Speech, has 40 years of experience in providing assessment and treatment for children with communication disorders and related disabilities. Currently, Ms. Lederman has private practices located in Williston Park and Commack, New York, with certifications including ASHA certification in Speech Pathology, NYS Certification in Speech-Language Pathology and Special Education, and PROMPT® Certification as a Clinician and Instructor. Ms. Lederman is also a recipient of many ACE Awards from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association in which she earned for completion of continuing education credits in motor speech disorders and related areas of study.

Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) is a very challenging and complicated 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 Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA), based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is the only national non-profit public charity exclusively dedicated to the needs and interests of children with apraxia of speech and their families throughout the North America. For more information on CASANA and CAS, visit the Apraxia-KIDS website at