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Staten Island, NY Apraxia 101: A Parent Seminar on Childhood Apraxia of Speech

This event is on April 4, 2013 6:00pm

Wagner College

Spiro Hall 4, 631 Howard Avenue, 10301

About this Event

A Parent Seminar on Childhood Apraxia of Speech

Apraxia 101 is a free workshop for parents only and will share information about childhood apraxia of speech in “parent-friendly” language. Some of the topics will include:

  • How can we understand childhood apraxia of speech?
  • What goes wrong in the speech process for our kids?
  • What do we know about effective speech therapy and what it “looks like”?
  • What progress can or should be expected?
  • What is the long range prognosis for children with CAS?
  • Key strategies for parents as advocates for children with CAS
  • Open question and discussion period will follow to discuss a range of topics


6:00 PM – 6:30 PM On-site Check-in/Light refreshments and snacks

6:30 PM – 9:00 PM Seminar

Links & Information

Free, but everyone must register in advance and space is limited.

Location and Parking
The seminar is being held at Wagner College, Spiro Hall 4, 631 Howard Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10301.  Registrants can park in the Tiers Visitor Parking on Howard Avenue and proceed to Spiro Hall.

Special Note: This seminar is brought to Staten Island due to the efforts of the volunteers, walkers, and supporters of the Staten Island Speaks Up 2012 Walk for Children with Apraxia. Their efforts produced over $30,000 raised during last year’s walk and one local benefit of this amazing achievement is this free seminar. We can’t thank them enough!  We extend a very special thanks to Miss Richmond County 2013 and volunteer Walk Coordinator Alyssa DePaolis.  Her efforts are leading way to increased awareness and support in the Staten Island community and beyond for children and families affected by apraxia.


03/29/13 – Registration is closed.  There is no more seating available.  We are attempting to get a larger room.  Check back here. We will reopen registration if we are able to get a larger room.


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Featured Speaker

Sharon Gretz, M.Ed, Founder and Executive Director of the Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA) and Apraxia-KIDS.

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 the age of 3 years with severe apraxia of speech.