Saturday, October 24th, Speech-Language Pathologist Christine Wilson and Ms. Emily participated in the walk for children with apraxia of speech. This year two of Mrs. Christine’s clients were shining stars! We are SO proud of their hard work. Below you will find pictures of our shining stars!
Christine Wilson’s clients with Apraxia are hard-working and self-motivated. The parent support, and home-programming practiced by the parents of our shining stars, is absolutely incredible. Christine Wilson is thankful to work with both motivated clients and parents. Parents, your hard work does not go unnoticed!
What is CAS?
Childhood apraxia of speech (CAS) is a motor speech disorder. Children with CAS have problems saying sounds, syllables, and words. This is not because of muscle weakness or paralysis. The brain has problems planning to move the body parts (e.g., lips, jaw, tongue) needed for speech. The child knows what he or she wants to say, but his/her brain has difficulty coordinating the muscle movements necessary to say those words.
History of the Walk
Sean Freiburger, who has had over 650 hours of speech therapy for his diagnosis of severe speech apraxia, saw a sign for a walk-a-thon and asked his mother what it was. Sue Freiburger, Sean’s mom, told him that people were gathering together to walk and help others. Sean immediately said, “Why can’t we do that for apraxia?” Given that just a few years earlier, Sue was not sure she would ever hear Sean speak at all, much less understand his questions, she told him with a teary-eyed smile, “Yes, we can!”
The first Walk for Apraxia happened on October 18, 2008 in Pittsburgh, PA with Sean leading over 300 walkers in his effort to raise awareness about childhood apraxia of speech and funds for the apraxia programs and research sponsored by CASANA, the only national nonprofit organization dedicated exclusively to children with apraxia and their families. This past year there were over 75 walk locations with over 13,000 walkers and countless donors. In 2014 the Apraxia Walks are entering their 7th year which allows new projects to be funded and research grants to continue!