Featured Story: Leah’s Legion of Love

Leah is an amazing, very energetic, and happy 3.5-year-old who always brings a smile to our face. Her journey began when she was about 18 months old.  She started speech therapy to address what was assumed to be a speech delay, but then turned out to be something a bit more unfamiliar to us.

A little over a year ago, Leah was diagnosed with childhood apraxia of speech.  As soon as we heard the word ‘apraxia’, we started reading and learning as much as we could about it. We then felt pretty confident that Leah had many of the characteristics of this speech disorder.

I had the privilege of attending the Apraxia Kids National Conference in Pittsburgh this past summer.  It opened our eyes to this remarkable organization; familiarizing us with the resources and support available to help our family. Not to mention, the conference brought together the amazing community of other families and professionals. So, while our journey with apraxia is all relatively new, we are hopeful as this past year has been a truly humbling, incredibly inspiring, and a very emotional one to say the least. With continued therapy (lots and lots of it) and hard work, we are determined that Leah will continue to make great progress and keep sharing her voice with the world.

We also find it important that our family participates in the Walk for Apraxia to celebrate Leah and the many other children with apraxia of speech who are working so hard to find their voices. The walk is a great opportunity to raise awareness of this uncommon speech disorder and help raise funds to benefit Apraxia Kids.

I know when we heard ‘apraxia’ for the first time, we had no idea what it meant. Funds from the Walk for Apraxia® makes sure that supportive materials are available to families, including the Apraxia Kids web site.  Without these resources and the National Conference, we would feel much more alone in our journey.  To us, raising funds just made sense, and being a part of the Champions Club means that Leah and our family are supported by an amazing network of people!  Go, team Leah’s Legion of Love!

 

Leah and her family attended the 2019 Greater Allentown Walk for Apraxia, and fundraised over $1,000 to be a member of the Champions Club. Apraxia Kids is grateful to “Leah’s Legion of Love” for helping to continue our mission of strengthening the support systems in the lives of children with apraxia of speech. Thank you to Leah and her family for sharing their story of hope.

Leah is an amazing, very energetic, and happy 3.5-year-old who always brings a smile to our face. Her journey began when she was about 18 months old.  She started speech therapy to address what was assumed to be a speech delay, but then turned out to be something a bit more unfamiliar to us.

A little over a year ago, Leah was diagnosed with childhood apraxia of speech.  As soon as we heard the word ‘apraxia’, we started reading and learning as much as we could about it. We then felt pretty confident that Leah had many of the characteristics of this speech disorder.

I had the privilege of attending the Apraxia Kids National Conference in Pittsburgh this past summer.  It opened our eyes to this remarkable organization; familiarizing us with the resources and support available to help our family. Not to mention, the conference brought together the amazing community of other families and professionals. So, while our journey with apraxia is all relatively new, we are hopeful as this past year has been a truly humbling, incredibly inspiring, and a very emotional one to say the least. With continued therapy (lots and lots of it) and hard work, we are determined that Leah will continue to make great progress and keep sharing her voice with the world.

We also find it important that our family participates in the Walk for Apraxia to celebrate Leah and the many other children with apraxia of speech who are working so hard to find their voices. The walk is a great opportunity to raise awareness of this uncommon speech disorder and help raise funds to benefit Apraxia Kids.

I know when we heard ‘apraxia’ for the first time, we had no idea what it meant. Funds from the Walk for Apraxia® makes sure that supportive materials are available to families, including the Apraxia Kids web site.  Without these resources and the National Conference, we would feel much more alone in our journey.  To us, raising funds just made sense, and being a part of the Champions Club means that Leah and our family are supported by an amazing network of people!  Go, team Leah’s Legion of Love!

 

Leah and her family attended the 2019 Greater Allentown Walk for Apraxia, and fundraised over $1,000 to be a member of the Champions Club. Apraxia Kids is grateful to “Leah’s Legion of Love” for helping to continue our mission of strengthening the support systems in the lives of children with apraxia of speech. Thank you to Leah and her family for sharing their story of hope.



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