Apraxia-KIDS News – March 28, 2013


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The Latest News, Events, and Information on or Related to Childhood Apraxia of Speech

Helping Kids With Learning Disabilities Understand the Language of Friendship
Kids with learning disabilities sometimes struggle in social situations.  While they may know how to initiate friendships, many of their relationships fail because they don’t know how to sustain them. Children with learning disabilities often end friendships because they have been unable to work out conflicts. This article offers advice on helping your child avoid misunderstandings and conflicts.  Great Schools – By Janet Giler, Ph.D., M.F.T.

Families of Children with Disabilities Face a New Challenge – Medicaid Cutbacks
Recent changes to state Medicaid are leading to cutbacks that are hurting families who have children with disabilities. For many, the cuts couldn’t come at worse time.  Some families are even facing giving up their children because they can no longer support them. Colorado Springs Independent – March 27, 2013, By J. Adrian Stanley

Study Reveals role of SNX27 Protein in Brain Function – News Medical – Published March 25, 2013

DIBELS: Myths and Facts – Dibels – By Ruth Kaminski and Kelli D. Cummings, Dynamic Measuring Group

The Power of Movement in Teaching and Learning – Education Week – Teacher – March 20, 2013, By Susan Griss

Yogurt for Tess:  Saying Goodbye to a Sidewalk Speech Teacher – The Free Press – March 28, 2013, By Tanner Kent

Special Needs Parenting: Balancing Work and Your Child – Today’s Parent – Originally Published on January 15, 2013, By Amy Baskin



CASANA Issues 2013 Request for Applications  for Apraxia Research Projects
CASANA is now accepting 2013 “Request for Applications” to support relevant research on CAS. CASANA’s CAS Research Grant program is critically important as it is the only dedicated funding available for CAS research.  Funding will be expanded this year because of the great success of last year’s Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech events.   Apraxia-KIDS.org – Published March 28, 2013

What is Apraxia?
A blog post from, The Path Less Taken, written by a mother of a child with apraxia of speech who is participating in the 2013 Arizona Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech.  www.jennifermcgrail.com – Published March 12, 2013, By Jennifer McGrail 

Scholarship Applications Now Available for 2013 National Conference
A limited number of PARTIAL/ FULL scholarships are available for CASANA’s 2013 National Conference on CAS on July 11 – July 13, 2013 in Denver, CO.  Conference Scholarships are intended for those who would be unable to attend the conference without financial assistance. Apraxia-KIDS.org – Published March 25, 2013

Early-Bird Registration Ends Friday, March 29 for St. Paul, MN Apraxia Workshop
CASANA will be holding an educational apraxia workshop in St. Paul, MN on Childhood Apraxia of Speech: Assessment, Treatment, and Early Literacy Skills. This will be presented by Amy Skinder-Meredith, Ph.D., CCC-SLP. To qualify for Early-Bird Registration, registration form and fee must be postmarked no later than March 29, 2013.  Register online here:  Apraxia-KIDS.org – CASANA Events – St. Paul, MN Apraxia Workshop  

A Great Cause – Advance for Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists – Published March 13, 2013 – By Sharon Gretz, M.Ed.

CASANA Launches New Apraxia-KIDS Website – Apraxia-KIDS.org, March 2013



April 12, 2013 – St. Paul, MN Apraxia Workshop – Childhood Apraxia of Speech: Assessment, Treatment, and Early Literacy Skills – presented by Amy Skinder-Meredith, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, CASANA Professional Advisory Board Member and CASANA National Conference Presenter

April 13, 2013 – 4th Annual South Jersey Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech

April 25, 2013 – Charlotte, NC Apraxia 101: A Parent Seminar on Childhood Apraxia of Speech – presented by Sharon Gretz, M.Ed., CASANA Executive Director and Founder

April 20, 2013 – Utah Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech

April 20, 2013 – Phi Sigma Pi 5k Fun Run/Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech

April 21, 2013 – Staten Island Speaks Up! 2013 Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech

April 23 or 26, 2013 – Webinar – Executive Functioning: Helping Children to Plan to Succeed – presented by Ruth Stoeckel, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, international presenter on CAS and CASANA Professional Advisory Board Member

April 27, 2013 – Arizona Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech

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Register for a 2013 Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech in Your Area:

2013 Apraxia Walk Locations

The Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech helps to raise awareness about apraxia and how it affects children and funding for important apraxia programs and research.  If there is not a Walk near you, consider organizing one in your area or registering for a Virtual Walk!



CASANA | 416 Lincoln Ave, 2nd floor | Pittsburgh, PA 15209 | www.apraxia-KIDS.org

More Families of Children with Apraxia of Speech to Receive iPads and Educational Scholarships

(PITTSBURGH, PA)—(March 4, 2013) –The Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA) has been awarded a $10,000 grant from Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield to support the iPads for Apraxia project, a program that provides children with apraxia iPads and protective cases, and scholarships to CASANA’s National Conference,  an exclusive, three-day educational event for parents, researchers, and speech pathologists to learn about all aspects of childhood apraxia of speech.

Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) is a very challenging and complicated speech disorder in children, making it difficult or impossible for children to accurately produce sounds, syllables and/or words despite having a good understanding of language.  Through the awarded grant from Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, CASANA will be able to provide more children with CAS the latest technology to help with speech therapy and to communicate, as well as a unique educational opportunity for their families to learn all about their child’s speech, language, learning, and communication needs.

“We are so appreciative of Highmark’s generous support for two of our very important programs that support children with apraxia of speech and their families,” said Sharon Gretz, M.Ed., Executive Director and Founder of CASANA.  “These families struggle constantly to provide critical therapeutic resources for the children, resources that often strap them financially.  Highmark’s grant will provide critical resources to these children and families.”

CASANA’s iPads for Apraxia project was initiated in 2011 and to date has provided iPads and protective cases to 115 children with severe apraxia of speech.  The use of this mobile technology has not only engaged and motivated children with apraxia of all ages, but its usage has led to increases in the amount of home practice on the children’s speech therapy goals and skills.  Equally important, applications on the iPads enable their use as “talkers” or augmentative communication systems as the children continue to practice speaking more clearly.  This awarded grant from Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield will provide iPads and cases for eight children.

Another key provision of the Highmark grant is scholarships for 15 parents to attend the 2013 National Conference on Childhood Apraxia of Speech in Denver, Colorado.  This conference is unique among all educational opportunities worldwide in that it brings together parents and professionals over three days to learn about and discuss all aspects of raising a child with apraxia and significant communication issues.  Many parents report the event is transformative to their ability to advocate for their child and increase their understanding of their child’s needs.

“Highmark has a longstanding commitment of assisting children in the communities we serve, so it’s a perfect fit for us to support CASANA,” said Mary Anne Papale, Highmark’s director of community affairs. “We are proud to be aligned with an organization that is making a difference in the lives of children.”

The Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA), founded in 2000, strives to improve the systems of support in the lives of children with apraxia so that each child is afforded their best opportunity to develop speech and to achieve to their potential. CASANA works toward this mission through promoting national awareness of childhood apraxia of speech; providing high quality information and support to families and professionals; conducting multiple educational events around the nation; and supporting as well as funding apraxia research.  For more information on CASANA and Childhood Apraxia of Speech, visit the Apraxia-KIDS website at http://www.apraxia-kids.org.