Apraxia-KIDS News – March 14, 2013

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The Latest News, Events, and Information on or Related to Childhood Apraxia of Speech

New Voices for the Voiceless:  Synthetic Speech Gets an Upgrade
If you don’t have a voice, who speaks for you?  Rupal Patel, a speech scientist at Northeastern University, estimates that between 50 and 60 percent of the people who use synthetic voices use the same one — the Perfect Paul voice.  Patel came to the conlcusion that people needed new options and now thanks to research, there are new personalized voices for AAC users.  “Every Child Deserves a Voice” NPR – Health News

Spotting Sleep Problems in Children with Special Needs
About 30 percent of children have a sleep disorder, but the rate is even higher in children with special needs, an expert says. “While a good night’s sleep is important for all children, it is especially critical for children with special needs. Parents can make small changes at home to help their child get a better night’s sleep and improve their performance in daytime activities, therapies and social interactions.” Healthfinder.gov – Health Day News

Understanding How We Speak
A new study revealed the patterns of brain activity that produce human speech. The findings may one day lead to new approaches for treating speech disorders. NIH – National Institutes of Health – NIH Research Matters

Narrative Skills for People with AAC NeedsPrAACtical AAC, Supports for Language Learning – Published March 2, 2013, By Carole Zangari


Registration Opens for 2013 National Conference on Childhood Apraxia of Speech

Join CASANA Thursday, July 11 – Saturday, July 13, 2013 for our 2013 National Conference on CAS at the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center in Denver, CO.  Some of this year’s session topics include: 2013 Research Symposium Review, Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Advanced Treatment Strategies, Apps for Apraxia, Designing Treatment Plans, Dynamic Assessment, Dynamic Temporal and Tactile Cueing, Genetics, Independent Education Evaluation Safeguards, Literacy, Phonological Awareness, Retention and Generalization, Social Skills, Social Thinking, Treatment Methods, Question and Answer Series for all levels of learning, and much more! Download our official brochure and register today! Apraxia-KIDS.org – Published March 13, 2013

A Great Cause
The charitable organization CASANA focuses on helping children with apraxia of speech.  In the past decade or so, CASANA has made great strides and yet so much more needs to be done. Read more from CASANA’s Executive Director and Founder here:  Advance for Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists – Published March 13, 2013 – By Sharon Gretz, M.Ed.

New Apraxia-KIDS Website
The Apraxia-KIDS.org website has been redesigned to better provide our critical and expansive information on Childhood Apraxia of Speech – the largest collection in the world.  Exciting new features include a fresh and dynamic web design with optimized graphics, user-friendly navigation, accessibility, and clean page layouts with simple page elements for areas such as our Library, Events Calendar, and Apraxia-KIDS Store. This was made possible by funds raised in the Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech events.  Click here to view the new website!


April 4, 2013 – Staten Island, NY Apraxia 101: A Parent Seminar on Childhood Apraxia of Speech – presented by Sharon Gretz, M.Ed., CASANA Executive Director and Founder

April 12, 2013 – St. Paul, MN Apraxia Workshop – Childhood Apraxia of Speech: Assessment, Treatment, and Early Literacy Skills – presented by Amy Skinder-Meredith, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, CASANA Professional Advisory Board Member and CASANA National Conference Presenter

April 13, 2013 – 4th Annual South Jersey Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech

April 25, 2013 – Charlotte, NC Apraxia 101: A Parent Seminar on Childhood Apraxia of Speech – presented by Sharon Gretz, M.Ed., CASANA Executive Director and Founder

April 20, 2013 – Utah Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech

April 20, 2013 – Phi Sigma Pi 5k Fun Run/Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech

April 21, 2013 – Staten Island Speaks Up! 2013 Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech

April 27, 2013 – Arizona Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech

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More Families of Children with Apraxia of Speech to Receive iPads and Educational Scholarships

(PITTSBURGH, PA)—(March 4, 2013) –The Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA) has been awarded a $10,000 grant from Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield to support the iPads for Apraxia project, a program that provides children with apraxia iPads and protective cases, and scholarships to CASANA’s National Conference,  an exclusive, three-day educational event for parents, researchers, and speech pathologists to learn about all aspects of childhood apraxia of speech.

Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) is a very challenging and complicated speech disorder in children, making it difficult or impossible for children to accurately produce sounds, syllables and/or words despite having a good understanding of language.  Through the awarded grant from Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, CASANA will be able to provide more children with CAS the latest technology to help with speech therapy and to communicate, as well as a unique educational opportunity for their families to learn all about their child’s speech, language, learning, and communication needs.

“We are so appreciative of Highmark’s generous support for two of our very important programs that support children with apraxia of speech and their families,” said Sharon Gretz, M.Ed., Executive Director and Founder of CASANA.  “These families struggle constantly to provide critical therapeutic resources for the children, resources that often strap them financially.  Highmark’s grant will provide critical resources to these children and families.”

CASANA’s iPads for Apraxia project was initiated in 2011 and to date has provided iPads and protective cases to 115 children with severe apraxia of speech.  The use of this mobile technology has not only engaged and motivated children with apraxia of all ages, but its usage has led to increases in the amount of home practice on the children’s speech therapy goals and skills.  Equally important, applications on the iPads enable their use as “talkers” or augmentative communication systems as the children continue to practice speaking more clearly.  This awarded grant from Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield will provide iPads and cases for eight children.

Another key provision of the Highmark grant is scholarships for 15 parents to attend the 2013 National Conference on Childhood Apraxia of Speech in Denver, Colorado.  This conference is unique among all educational opportunities worldwide in that it brings together parents and professionals over three days to learn about and discuss all aspects of raising a child with apraxia and significant communication issues.  Many parents report the event is transformative to their ability to advocate for their child and increase their understanding of their child’s needs.

“Highmark has a longstanding commitment of assisting children in the communities we serve, so it’s a perfect fit for us to support CASANA,” said Mary Anne Papale, Highmark’s director of community affairs. “We are proud to be aligned with an organization that is making a difference in the lives of children.”

The Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA), founded in 2000, strives 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 and to achieve to their potential. CASANA works toward this mission through promoting national awareness of childhood apraxia of speech; providing high quality information and support to families and professionals; conducting multiple educational events around the nation; and supporting as well as funding apraxia research.  For more information on CASANA and Childhood Apraxia of Speech, visit the Apraxia-KIDS website at https://www.apraxia-kids.org.