2015 iPads for Apraxia Program is Now Accepting Applications

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The iPads for Apraxia program is now open for 2015 and beginning to take applications! Since its inception, nearly 300 children with apraxia of speech from across the United States and Canada have received iPads and protective cases in order to further their ability to practice speech at home and communicate everywhere. Wonderful partners have joined us since the beginning, such as the Silent Stars Foundation and The Brad J. Pinkowitz Memorial Fund, and donations from the Walk for Apraxia®   To learn more about how iPads and their apps can help children with apraxia, click here.

There are several submissions dates for applications throughout the year. (next deadline is OCTOBER 1, 2015)  Please read the application packet to gain further information including “frequently asked questions” and instructions for submitting applications.

Download the 2015 iPads for Apraxia application packet

CASANA Accepting Applications for “iPads for Apraxia” Program

ipad(PITTSBURGH, PA) SEPTEMBER 4, 2013 – The Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA) is accepting applications for its 2013 “iPads for Apraxia” program.  The program was initiated in 2011 and, to date, has provided iPads and protective cases to 115 children with severe apraxia of speech from low to moderate income families.  The use of this mobile technology has not only engaged and motivated children with apraxia of various 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 (“Apps”) on the iPads enable their use as “talkers” or augmentative communication systems as the children continue to practice speaking more clearly.

This year, CASANA hopes to award 100 iPads and cases to children from low to moderate income families and also small, nonprofit speech therapy clinics and centers. Funding for the program is raised through the Walk for Children with Apraxia®.  Additionally, the Silent Stars Foundation and Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield are financially supporting this project.  Applications must be received by 5:00 PM EDT/US, Friday, October 4, 2013.  For more information and the application, click here.

Developers of iPad apps that would like to donate free codes for speech, language, or communication apps may send an email to ApraxiaIpadProject@gmail.com.  CASANA will distribute the free codes to the children who receive iPads, as appropriate and indicated by their needs. A list of App donors will be publicized through the Apraxia-KIDS resources.

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Expressive Morphosyntactic Development in Three Children with Childhood Apraxia of Speech 
A research study to examine the expressive morphosyntactic development of three children aged 6 and 7 years old with childhood apraxia of speech (CAS) and language impariment. The results showed that participants’ expressive morphosyntactic difficulties were ongoing and could not be explained solely by their speech errors.  ingentaconnect – Speech, Language and Hearing, Volume 16, Number 1, March 2013, pp. 9-17(9), Maney Publishing

Tongue Reading:  Comparing the Interpretation of Visual Information From Inside the Mouth, From Electropalatographic and Ultrasound Displays of Speech Sounds
Speakers possess a natural capacity for lip reading; analogous to this, there may be an intuitive ability to “tongue-read.” This study compares interpretation of visual feedback from EPG and ultrasound. Informa Healthcare – Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics

Among Perinatal Factors, Only the Apgar Score is Associated with Specific Language ImpairmentNCBI, PubMed – Published March 18, 2013, By Diepeveen FB, De Kroon ML, Dusseldorp E, Snik AF

WordsWife and War, WordPress – Published March 17, 2013, By Amalie Flynn

 

Single Subject Randomization Design for CAS Intervention Research
An interesting post about childhood apraxia of speech research from a speaker at the CASANA 2013 CAS Research Symposium and also a CASANA Apraxia Research Grant recipient.  Development Phonological Disorders – Published March 2013, By Susan Rvachew

Walk for Apraxia Team Leaders Get Chance to Win iPad or iPad Mini for Fundraising Efforts
CASANA announces prize incentives for the 2013 Walk for Apraxia Team Leaders.  If you register a team for a 2013 Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech (this includes Virtual Walks), you could have a chance to win an iPad or iPad Mini.  ApraxiaWalk.org – Published March 21, 2013

Registration Opens for 2013 National Conference on Childhood Apraxia of Speech
Join CASANA Thursday, July 11 – Saturday, July 13, 2013 for our 2013 National Conference on CAS at the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center in Denver, CO.  Download our official brochure and register today! Apraxia-KIDS.org – Published March 13, 2013

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

CASANA Launches New Apraxia-KIDS WebsiteApraxia-KIDS.org, March 2013

UPCOMING EVENTS

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

Click here to view more educational and awareness events

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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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