Apraxia Kids Canada – What a year it’s been!

Dear Friends,

As another exciting year comes to a close, we’re pleased to look back upon another year of meaningful growth for Apraxia Kids Canada.

Before we share some of our biggest moments from 2021 with you, we are searching for dedicated volunteers to expand the mission of Apraxia Kids Canada. We are actively searching for passionate and dedicated individuals to serve on our Board of Directors who are looking to lead Apraxia Kids Canada into our next phase. If you or someone you know might be interested, please reach out to us at apraxia.kids.canada@gmail.com.

Thanks to the support of our community, the first ever Canadian Apraxia Kids Intensive Training Institute (Bootcamp) took place this past summer.

Out of 16 qualified Canadian speech-language pathologists (SLPs) who were strategically selected, 12 opted to attend bootcamp virtually to boost their clinical expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of childhood apraxia of speech (CAS). This outstanding group of SLPs joined 19 US-based SLPs and learned from instructors Ruth Stoeckel, Julie Case, Sue Caspari, Pooja Aggarwal, Lynn Smith, Laura Moorer, and Brooke Rea over the course of a year including eight journal club meetings and a 5-day intense virtual training. These SLPs will now undergo six months of mentorship before becoming Apraxia Kids Recognized for Advanced Training and Expertise in Childhood Apraxia of Speech. The remaining four selected SLPs will join the next in-person bootcamp in 2023.

SLP graduates of the intensive program go on to educate other SLPs in their communities, raise awareness and fundraise through events like the Walk for Apraxia or Be the Voice initiatives, speak at the Apraxia Kids National Conference and other professional education events, and contribute to a library of knowledge on CAS by presenting On-Demand Webinars or writing articles on advanced topics. We look forward to the impact that our amazing 2021 Bootcamp attendees will have on Canada!

Hear what a Bootcamper had to say about their experience:

“Bootcamp was an experience like no other. The instructors brought a level of expertise and depth of knowledge that was something I’ve yet to have experienced in my career. Thank you for the opportunity.”

Apraxia Awareness Month 2021 was celebrated in Canada with a social media campaign, formal proclamations in communities across Canada, special illuminations of some of Canada’s biggest landmarks, and media coverage.

The municipalities of Rimbey, AB; Armstrong, BC; Nanaimo, BC; Brampton, ON; Brantford, ON; Clarington, ON; Kingston, ON; London, ON; Newmarket, ON; Niagara Falls, ON; Oakville, ON; Ottawa, ON; Toronto, ON; Whitby, ON; Austin, QC; and Regina, SK as well as the province of Saskatchewan formally recognized May 14, 2021, as Apraxia Awareness Day! Our thanks goes to Apraxia Kids for supporting the proclamation program and to our community volunteers from coast to coast to coast who file applications each year to make May 14th Apraxia Awareness Day.

Canadian landmarks were lit blue on May 14th, from the Calgary Tower to the CN Tower, from the High-Level Bridge to the thunderous heights of Niagara Falls. There’s something incredible about seeing Apraxia Awareness shared in such a BIG way and we’re so grateful to the passionate and dedicated community volunteers who work with Apraxia Kids Canada to arrange these special illuminations of our Canadian landmarks each year.

2021 saw the most media coverage of childhood apraxia of speech that we’ve seen yet! Thank you to the incredible Canadian professionals and families who shared their knowledge and experience publicly to raise awareness for CAS.

We’re so excited to have Michelle from Mississauga, ON joining our volunteer team to support the Apraxia Kids Canada’s proclamation and illuminations program! Michelle joined the Apraxia Kids Canada community in 2017 and inspired Canada’s illumination program by arranging the very first special illumination for Apraxia Awareness here in Canada.

We are truly in awe of the scale of the 2021 Apraxia Awareness Day here in Canada and we’re already looking forward to a monumental Apraxia Awareness Day in 2022. Please stay tuned for volunteer opportunities and more information on how you can participate in your community this coming spring!

2021 saw 7 Canadian Walks for Apraxia! Walks took place, virtually, in 2021 in Nova Scotia, Saskatchewan, Medicine Hat, Guelph, Calgary, Edmonton and Durham, raising awareness and celebrating 43 Apraxia Stars.

There is still time to register your Apraxia Star for free for the 2021 Walk season to celebrate them for all their hard work. Want to be part of a Walk for Apraxia in your community?

The 2021 Virtual Apraxia Kids National Conference was attended by 122 Canadians. This is the largest number of delegates from Canada yet!

The conference included sessions by Canadian speakers, Nilgoun Bahar, Alison Hendricks, Angela Muis, Aravind Kumar Namasivayam, Brie Schindel, Brooke Rea, and Michele Weerts, and a Canadian Luncheon session. At the Canadian Luncheon, 60 attendees spent time connecting and discussing Canada-specific issues and resources. The AKC team is so grateful for the time we got to spend with each of you at the conference.

We’re so excited to continue building relationships with our fellow Canadians, hopefully in-person, at the conference next summer!

The 2022 Apraxia Kids National Conference is scheduled to take place from July 7-9, 2022, in Las Vegas, NV. Canadian content is welcome and very much in demand by Canadian SLPs and families, please consider responding to the call for papers.

We’ve now reached over 1,880 members in the Apraxia Kids Canada Support Group on Facebook.  In 2021, our group grew by 300 members!

To our support group members, thank you for being a key part of the Apraxia Kids Canada community! This group continues to be the heart of our national apraxia community, a place where both families and professionals can connect to discuss apraxia issues that are unique to Canada. We are fortunate to have your presence and your participation!

We are pleased to have Jody from Bracebridge Ontario joining us as a Facebook moderator. She joined the Apraxia Kids Canada community in 2018 and has been instrumental in supporting awareness in her home community. We are excited for her to bring her support to the national level!

Not a member yet? You can join our group here.

This spring, Apraxia Kids Canada, a registered Canadian non-profit, applied for charitable status. Months of volunteer hours by the Apraxia Kids Canada Board and generous pro bono legal services helped finalize the application package. The Canadian Revenue Agency shared a response recently asking for additional information. We are reviewing their feedback and determining our next steps.

In 2021, the Apraxia Kids Canada Board of Directors dedicated an incredible number of volunteer hours to Canada-specific programming and an equally incredible number of volunteer hours to building a strong foundation for AKC.

Thank you all for your ongoing commitment to Apraxia Kids Canada. We wish you and your family the very best this holiday season,

 

Brooke, Lisa & Kiran

Apraxia Kids Canada Board

Dear Friends,

As another exciting year comes to a close, we’re pleased to look back upon another year of meaningful growth for Apraxia Kids Canada.

Before we share some of our biggest moments from 2021 with you, we are searching for dedicated volunteers to expand the mission of Apraxia Kids Canada. We are actively searching for passionate and dedicated individuals to serve on our Board of Directors who are looking to lead Apraxia Kids Canada into our next phase. If you or someone you know might be interested, please reach out to us at apraxia.kids.canada@gmail.com.

Thanks to the support of our community, the first ever Canadian Apraxia Kids Intensive Training Institute (Bootcamp) took place this past summer.

Out of 16 qualified Canadian speech-language pathologists (SLPs) who were strategically selected, 12 opted to attend bootcamp virtually to boost their clinical expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of childhood apraxia of speech (CAS). This outstanding group of SLPs joined 19 US-based SLPs and learned from instructors Ruth Stoeckel, Julie Case, Sue Caspari, Pooja Aggarwal, Lynn Smith, Laura Moorer, and Brooke Rea over the course of a year including eight journal club meetings and a 5-day intense virtual training. These SLPs will now undergo six months of mentorship before becoming Apraxia Kids Recognized for Advanced Training and Expertise in Childhood Apraxia of Speech. The remaining four selected SLPs will join the next in-person bootcamp in 2023.

SLP graduates of the intensive program go on to educate other SLPs in their communities, raise awareness and fundraise through events like the Walk for Apraxia or Be the Voice initiatives, speak at the Apraxia Kids National Conference and other professional education events, and contribute to a library of knowledge on CAS by presenting On-Demand Webinars or writing articles on advanced topics. We look forward to the impact that our amazing 2021 Bootcamp attendees will have on Canada!

Hear what a Bootcamper had to say about their experience:

“Bootcamp was an experience like no other. The instructors brought a level of expertise and depth of knowledge that was something I’ve yet to have experienced in my career. Thank you for the opportunity.”

Apraxia Awareness Month 2021 was celebrated in Canada with a social media campaign, formal proclamations in communities across Canada, special illuminations of some of Canada’s biggest landmarks, and media coverage.

The municipalities of Rimbey, AB; Armstrong, BC; Nanaimo, BC; Brampton, ON; Brantford, ON; Clarington, ON; Kingston, ON; London, ON; Newmarket, ON; Niagara Falls, ON; Oakville, ON; Ottawa, ON; Toronto, ON; Whitby, ON; Austin, QC; and Regina, SK as well as the province of Saskatchewan formally recognized May 14, 2021, as Apraxia Awareness Day! Our thanks goes to Apraxia Kids for supporting the proclamation program and to our community volunteers from coast to coast to coast who file applications each year to make May 14th Apraxia Awareness Day.

Canadian landmarks were lit blue on May 14th, from the Calgary Tower to the CN Tower, from the High-Level Bridge to the thunderous heights of Niagara Falls. There’s something incredible about seeing Apraxia Awareness shared in such a BIG way and we’re so grateful to the passionate and dedicated community volunteers who work with Apraxia Kids Canada to arrange these special illuminations of our Canadian landmarks each year.

2021 saw the most media coverage of childhood apraxia of speech that we’ve seen yet! Thank you to the incredible Canadian professionals and families who shared their knowledge and experience publicly to raise awareness for CAS.

We’re so excited to have Michelle from Mississauga, ON joining our volunteer team to support the Apraxia Kids Canada’s proclamation and illuminations program! Michelle joined the Apraxia Kids Canada community in 2017 and inspired Canada’s illumination program by arranging the very first special illumination for Apraxia Awareness here in Canada.

We are truly in awe of the scale of the 2021 Apraxia Awareness Day here in Canada and we’re already looking forward to a monumental Apraxia Awareness Day in 2022. Please stay tuned for volunteer opportunities and more information on how you can participate in your community this coming spring!

2021 saw 7 Canadian Walks for Apraxia! Walks took place, virtually, in 2021 in Nova Scotia, Saskatchewan, Medicine Hat, Guelph, Calgary, Edmonton and Durham, raising awareness and celebrating 43 Apraxia Stars.

There is still time to register your Apraxia Star for free for the 2021 Walk season to celebrate them for all their hard work. Want to be part of a Walk for Apraxia in your community?

The 2021 Virtual Apraxia Kids National Conference was attended by 122 Canadians. This is the largest number of delegates from Canada yet!

The conference included sessions by Canadian speakers, Nilgoun Bahar, Alison Hendricks, Angela Muis, Aravind Kumar Namasivayam, Brie Schindel, Brooke Rea, and Michele Weerts, and a Canadian Luncheon session. At the Canadian Luncheon, 60 attendees spent time connecting and discussing Canada-specific issues and resources. The AKC team is so grateful for the time we got to spend with each of you at the conference.

We’re so excited to continue building relationships with our fellow Canadians, hopefully in-person, at the conference next summer!

The 2022 Apraxia Kids National Conference is scheduled to take place from July 7-9, 2022, in Las Vegas, NV. Canadian content is welcome and very much in demand by Canadian SLPs and families, please consider responding to the call for papers.

We’ve now reached over 1,880 members in the Apraxia Kids Canada Support Group on Facebook.  In 2021, our group grew by 300 members!

To our support group members, thank you for being a key part of the Apraxia Kids Canada community! This group continues to be the heart of our national apraxia community, a place where both families and professionals can connect to discuss apraxia issues that are unique to Canada. We are fortunate to have your presence and your participation!

We are pleased to have Jody from Bracebridge Ontario joining us as a Facebook moderator. She joined the Apraxia Kids Canada community in 2018 and has been instrumental in supporting awareness in her home community. We are excited for her to bring her support to the national level!

Not a member yet? You can join our group here.

This spring, Apraxia Kids Canada, a registered Canadian non-profit, applied for charitable status. Months of volunteer hours by the Apraxia Kids Canada Board and generous pro bono legal services helped finalize the application package. The Canadian Revenue Agency shared a response recently asking for additional information. We are reviewing their feedback and determining our next steps.

In 2021, the Apraxia Kids Canada Board of Directors dedicated an incredible number of volunteer hours to Canada-specific programming and an equally incredible number of volunteer hours to building a strong foundation for AKC.

Thank you all for your ongoing commitment to Apraxia Kids Canada. We wish you and your family the very best this holiday season,

 

Brooke, Lisa & Kiran

Apraxia Kids Canada Board



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