Apraxia Awareness Day 2023

Champlain Township proclaims May 14 as Apraxia Awareness Day.

The Township of Champlain proclaimed May 14 as Apraxia Awareness Day at its meeting April 27, which helps raise awareness for the most severe speech disorder.

Childhood apraxia of speech (CAS) is a very misunderstood and very challenging speech disorder that affects nearly 1-in-1,000 children. Without intensive and appropriate speech therapy, children with CAS will not learn to speak. Children with the diagnosis of apraxia of speech generally have a good understanding of language and know what they want to say. However, they have difficulty learning or carrying out the complex movements that underlie speech.

Going into its seventh year internationally, Apraxia Awareness Day aims to unite these children and their friends and family with community members to be an unstoppable, united force advocating and raising awareness about CAS on May 14th.

When a family is first diagnosed with apraxia, they may feel alone, confused, or frustrated. Apraxia Kids works to support families in a variety of ways to help them navigate their journey. Their mission is to strengthen the support systems in the lives of children with apraxia of speech. On their website, you will find several programs they offer at no cost to families that will strengthen their support system. Visit Aprixia Kids website for more information on support and education.