August 2018 Newsletter
Let me begin by extending my gratitude to all those who attended our 2018 National Conference on Childhood Apraxia of Speech in July. I had the pleasure of meeting so many families, parents, professionals, and supporters of our mission! It was an amazing weekend of education and support. As I expressed to our conference participants, our community is growing ever stronger and it is my honor to continue to lead us into the future.
Allow me to offer you another sentiment I expressed in Charlotte: Our organization has achieved so much in the last year, but there is still so much we can do to extend our reach into the future.
August 10 is the deadline to nominate someone you know for our Volunteer Outreach Coordinator program. These select volunteers will continue our mission and provide direct support to their communities. Their initiatives will include clinical outreach and education, raising awareness, parent support groups, and involvement in local school districts. Our hope is that through this program, we can further strengthen the support systems in the lives of children with apraxia of speech.
Sessions on advocating for your child and promoting literacy in older children were in high demand at the conference. We know that in the coming month, many children with apraxia will be heading back to school, which presents unique challenges for them and their families. We hope you will utilize the tools on our website to make this transition as seamless as possible. We have a “Letter to the Teacher” that you can download, as well as many articles about IEPs!
In conclusion, I would like to share something that many parents and professionals alike told me at the conference: Without our website, they would have felt completely lost. Whether it is providing information on going back to school, treatment options, or information on insurance, our website has been the hub of reputable, evidence-based information on childhood apraxia of speech for years. However, we know that our website is difficult to navigate for many, and it is not mobile friendly, which is so important for parents who are constantly on the go.
We hope to restructure and improve our website in the coming year, but we cannot do it without your help! We are participating in a fundraising campaign to build a new website and webinar platform, and we hope you will join us! Only through continuing to provide free information online can we ensure that no family feel overwhelmed or unsupported upon receiving a diagnosis of childhood apraxia of speech.
Thank you for being a part of our community and working with us to move our mission forward!
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