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.

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




Request for Research Applications

HiResWe have issued our 2013 “Request for Applications” in order for researchers to apply for CASANA Apraxia research grants.   CASANA believes that our CAS Research Grant program is critically important as it is the only dedicated funding available for CAS research.  Funding will be expanded this year because of the great success of last year’s Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech.  CASANA’s research funding program continues to emphasize an interest in clinical research projects aimed at the diagnosis and treatment of children with CAS.   Additionally, CASANA is interested in early identification as well as approaches which include biophysical evidence alongside behavioral evidence.  Finally, CASANA has expanded the program to include consideration of applications from Ph.D. candidates who are investigating CAS for their dissertation.  In all instances and in all potential study areas, CASANA’s primary interest is in high quality scientific research that, upon completion, will be suitable and acceptable to peer-reviewed publications.  As indicated in the evaluation “weight” given to research approach in the grant evaluation categories (see review criteria in the application), CASANA is interested in, and will only select for funding, relevant research proposals which are methodologically sound and which include appropriate and necessary experimental control.

  • Grants will range from $25,000 – $50,000
  • Ph.D. students who will be doing CAS research for their dissertation may apply for up to $5,000

An expert external review committee will read, evaluate, and recommend grants for funding to CASANA.   All information, requirements, and instructions are provided in the application packet.

Download the 2013 “Request for Applications” Childhood Apraxia of Speech Research