CASANA Accepting Requests for Apraxia Research Funding

May 14, 2014 (PITTSBURGH, PA) – On the 2014 Apraxia Awareness Day, the Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA) released its 2014 Request for Applications for Research.  CASANA began its Apraxia Research funding program in 2009 in response to a near absence of any published research on effective treatments for Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS), an inadequacy documented in the historic Childhood Apraxia of Speech Technical Report (2007) from the American Speech Language Hearing Association.

Interested, qualified researchers with a defined focus in CAS are encouraged to review the application, file an intent to apply, and submit an application by the deadline of August 29, 2014.  Additionally, doctoral students may also apply for funds if their research specifically concerns CAS.  An external review committee will evaluate and recommend projects for funding.  For more information and to download the RFA, please click here.

Funds for CASANA’s Apraxia Research Funding program are raised through individual donations as well as donors and participants in the Walk for Children with Apraxia®.

About CASANA
The Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA), based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and founded in 2000, is the only national 501(c)3 non-profit public charity exclusively dedicated to the needs and interests of children with apraxia of speech and their families. CASANA’s mission is 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. CASANA supports this mission by promoting awareness through Walks held all over North America; providing high quality information and support through the Apraxia-KIDS website and online communities; assisting families through awards of iPads and cases; funding of speech therapy grants; conducting multiple educational events; and funding apraxia research. For more information on CASANA and Childhood Apraxia of Speech, visit the Apraxia-KIDS website at https://www.apraxia-kids.org.

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CASANA To Fund Speech Therapy Via Grant to Small Steps in Speech

May 14, 2014 (Pittsburgh, PA) – The Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA) announced today that it will continue providing funding for Small Steps in Speech (SSIS) in order to fund speech therapy grants specifically for children with apraxia of speech.

During its first year the program, which is managed by SSIS, was able to provide direct speech therapy grants to:

  • 32 children with apraxia of speech from 21 states
  • A total of 646 speech therapy sessions
  • Median age of children was 4 years; 6 months
  • 11 girls and 21 boys

“Thanks to the amazing support of organizers, donors, and participants in CASANA’s Walk for Children with Apraxia we are able to continue to partner with Small Steps in Speech for this calendar year and provide funds for speech therapy grants for children with apraxia.  Many families are burdened by the significant financial resources needed to provide appropriate speech therapy for their child.  Limited insurance funding and school services for families, especially those of modest means, makes a severely challenging problem even more so.  We know that early, appropriate speech therapy is what is essential for children with apraxia to develop intelligible speech and communication.  CASANA is glad to be able to assist families in need in this way as we continue to advocate and education funders and policy makers,” says Sharon Gretz, Executive Director of CASANA.

To learn more about the application process visit the Small Steps in Speech website.

About CASANA
The Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA), based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and founded in 2000, is the only national 501(c)3 non-profit public charity exclusively dedicated to the needs and interests of children with apraxia of speech and their families. CASANA’s mission is 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. CASANA supports this mission by promoting awareness through Walks held all over North America; providing high quality information and support through the Apraxia-KIDS website and online communities; assisting families through awards of iPads and cases; funding of speech therapy grants; conducting multiple educational events; and funding apraxia research. For more information on CASANA and Childhood Apraxia of Speech, visit the Apraxia-KIDS website at https://www.apraxia-kids.org.

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2014 Apraxia Awareness Day Webinar

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Date and Time:

May 14, 2014 @ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM (US/EDT.)

Overview of Webinar:

CASANA staff, including Executive Director, Sharon Gretz, Education Director, Kathy Hennessy, and Director of Professional Development and Speech Services, David Hammer, MA, CCC-SLP will be hosting an open “Questions and Answers” webinar on Childhood Apraxia of Speech.

Registration Information

Regular Registration: $10

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CASANA Webinar FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

PLEASE NOTE: REGISTRATION CLOSES at MIDNIGHT on TUESDAY, MAY 13, 2014 US/EDT.

Featured Speakers

Sharon Gretz, M.Ed. is the founder and Executive Director of CASANA and Apraxia-KIDS. She has her Master’s degree in Counseling and has completed all course work toward a Ph.D. in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She has worked in the disability field for over 25 years, with expertise in organizational and program development. In 2002, Ms. Gretz was honored by the National Council on Communicative Disorders/ASHA at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC when she was awarded the National Distinguished Service Award for her dedication to elevating national awareness and advocacy on behalf of children with CAS and their families. In 2008 she was selected as a Community Champion by the Pittsburgh Post Gazette for her work related to children with apraxia. Sharon is the parent of a 21 year old son, who was diagnosed at age 3 with severe apraxia of speech.

Dave Hammer, M.A., CCC-SLP, Dave Hammer, MA, CCC-SLP, is the Director of Professional Development and Speech Services for the Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America. He has 35 years of pediatric clinical experience, with specialty interests in childhood apraxia of speech and severe articulation/phonological disorders. Dave has been invited to present workshops throughout the United States, Canada, and Australia. He is known for his practical and therapy-rich approach to his presentations. Dave was a member of the ASHA AdHoc committee on childhood apraxia of speech. He has been involved in the production of a number of apraxia-related DVD’s and an innovative children’s CD.

Kathy Hennessy is the Director of Education at the CASANA in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Communications from St. Mary’s College in Indiana. Prior to Kathy’s current role at CASANA, she spent several years working in various professional theaters located throughout the Pittsburgh area, including the Pittsburgh Laboratory Theater as the Managing Director. Kathy is the mother of two young adults diagnosed with Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) as toddlers. Kathy, along with her daughter Kate, authored the book, “Anything But Silent, Our Family’s Journey Through Childhood Apraxia of Speech,” which chronicles their family’s struggles and triumph’s in dealing with this overwhelming disorder.