SMALL STEPS IN SPEECH PARTNERS WITH CASANA TO FUND SPEECH THERAPY FOR CHILDREN WITH APRAXIA OF SPEECH

COLLINGSWOOD, NJ (May 22, 2013) – Small Steps in Speech (SSIS) and The Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA) have entered into a partnership where grants for children’s speech therapy will be awarded.

Small Steps in Speech awards grants to children with speech and language disorders who need supplemental treatment. Founded in 2009, SSIS has provided over one hundred grants to children and organizations throughout the United States. Through this exciting partnership with CASANA, SSIS will distribute CASANA-funded grants for therapy of to children with apraxia of speech who are selected in a thorough application process.

Children with apraxia of speech typically require frequent and intensive speech therapy, especially initially and when severely affected.  With appropriate and early speech therapy, most children with apraxia can become verbal communicators, speaking with their very own voices.  Without the appropriate therapy, children with apraxia may never develop intelligible speech.  Apraxia can be life altering for the families who struggle to find and afford sufficient help for their children.

CASANA will provide funding to SSIS for the project with funds that were raised by the Walk for Children with Apraxia®. SSIS will receive applications, operate the selection process, and distribute the therapy funds. “SSIS already has an excellent reputation as well as a solid application and selection process in place.  While we know we cannot help all who may need it, with funding from CASANA, SSIS will be able to have a special focus on apraxia and aid some of those who are the most in need,” says Sharon Gretz, Executive Director of CASANA.

“We at Small Steps in Speech are grateful to […]