Apraxia-KIDS News – March 7, 2013

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

March 7, 2013

Kinematic Changes in Jaw and Lip Control of Children with Cerebral Palsy Following Participation in a Motor-Speech (PROMPT) Intervention
A study using PROMPT Speech Therapy, a motor-speech intervention program, shows significant changes in specific movement characteristics of the jaw and lips, and positive changes to speech intelligibility in children with moderate-to-severe speech impairment associated with cerebral palsy. Informa Healthcare – Speech Language Pathology Journal

BPA May Affect the Developing Brain by Disrupting Gene Regulation
Recent research finds the impact of BPA in gene regulation and neurodevelopmental growth in infants. “These findings raise the question of whether BPA could contribute to neurodevelopmental disorders such as Rett syndrome, a severe autism spectrum disorder that is only found in girls and is characterized by mutations in the gene that produces MECP2.” DukeHealth.org – Duke Medicine News and Communications

Speech Disorder Challenging for Family
Four-year-old Tristan Tuokko of British Columbia is in the news for an iPad he received last year from CASANA and Silent Stars iPads for Apraxia Project. Since receiving the iPad, Tristan’s family has noticed an improvement in his communication skills and are giving back by organizing a Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech event in the community. Nanaimo News Bulletin

Should The R-Word Be Taboo? HuffPost Live

First Grade Math Skills Set Foundation for Later Math Ability NIH News National Institute of Child Health and Human Development – Published February 27, 2013

Songbirds’ Brains Coordinate Singing with Intricate Timing, Study Shows UChicagoNews – Published February 27, 2013, By William Harms

Researchers Find a Biological Marker For Dyslexia In Kids Time Magazine – Health & Family – Published February 20, 2013, By Alexandra Sifferlin

Families of Children with Apraxia of Speech to Receive iPads and Educational Scholarships
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. Apraxia-KIDS.org – Published March 4, 2013

CASANA Sponsors 2013 Childhood Apraxia of Speech Research Symposium in Atlanta
On February 21-22, 2013 CASANA was honored to sponsor the 2013 Childhood Apraxia of Speech Research Symposium at the Emory Conference Center in Atlanta, GA. International CAS researchers, CASANA’s Board of Directors, Professional Advisory Board, and staff gathered to discuss the current state of the art in CAS research with emphasis on what the research may mean to identification, diagnosis and treatment for children with CAS. Apraxia-KIDS.org – Published March 7, 2013

New Apraxia-KIDS Website Revealed
The Apraxia-KIDS.org website has been redesigned to better provide our critical and expansive information on Childhood Apraxia of Speech – the largest collection in the world. Exciting new features include a fresh and dynamic web design with optimized graphics, user-friendly navigation, accessibility, clean page layouts with simple page elements for areas such as our Library, Events Calendar, and Apraxia-KIDS Store. This was made possible by funds raised in the Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech events. Click here to view the new website!

A Motor Speech Assessment for Children with Severe Speech Disorders: Reliability and Validity Evidence Apraxia-KIDS.org – Annotation of the Published Article

The Critical Encounter: Facilitating Positive Parent Adaptation to CAS Apraxia-KIDS.org – Published February 2013, By Colleen Miron, Ph.D.

UPCOMING EVENTS

March 15, 2013 – Los Angeles, CA Apraxia Workshop – Childhood Apraxia of Speech: Intervention for Related Issues – presented by Ruth Stoeckel, Ph.D., CCC-SLP. As part of the workshop, there will be a child with apraxia present for a live demonstration.

April 4, 2013 – Staten Island, NY Apraxia 101: A Parent Seminar on Childhood Apraxia of Speech – presented by Sharon Gretz, M.Ed., CASANA Executive Director and Founder

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

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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.

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