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SSIS is 2013-2014 “NSSLHA Loves” Recipient – Update

February 16, 2014 –  The NSSLHA (National Student Speech Language Hearing Association) has been actively fundraising this school year for their 2013-2014 “NSSLHA Loves” campaign recipient: Small Steps in Speech (SSIS).   Each year local NSSLHA chapters host fundraising activities to raise money for organizations that assist individuals with communication needs.   This school year the campaign will contribute all funds raised to SSIS, a 501(c)3 organization that provides funding to children with speech and language disorders and organizations that serve children with these needs.  Already $3,000 has been raised by 8 chapters and many more fundraisers are in the works.

“We at Small Steps in Speech are grateful to the members of NSSLHA for sharing our mission to both the speech and language pathologists-in-training and those who have been treating communication disorders for years.  Not only will we be able to provide increased funding for therapies to children with speech and language needs, but this collaboration also strengthens the reach of both organizations.   When looking at past “NSSLHA Loves” recipients, I am honored that SSIS was chosen to be in the company of so many outstanding organizations.  Small Steps in Speech was founded in honor of my fallen hero, U.S. Army Medic and Green Beret SSG Marc J Small.   Marc supported the growth and improvement of all children and it is fitting that these funds will allow children the opportunity to find their voice through therapy.  Just as Marc was a hero to our country, I believe that our organizations are doing heroic work in helping so many children improve their communication, which strengthens individuals, families, schools and communities.,” says Amanda Charney, Founder/Executive Director of SSIS.

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April 12th – Stockton’s Speech & Hearing Club’s NSSHLA Loves Small Steps in Speech Walk-a-Thon

Walkathon

 

 

Specific Grants Available for Children with Apraxia – Apply Today!

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 hundreds of grants to children and organizations throughout the United States.  Through this exciting partnership with CASANA, SSIS will distribute CASANA-funded grants for therapy of children with apraxia of speech who are selected in a thorough application process.

If you are working with a family of a child where insurance does not cover the cost of treatment, high deductibles, and/or a financial burden for the child to attend therapy, consider applying for a grant through Small Steps in Speech today!  For more information see our application guidelines to apply for a grant through Small Steps in Speech.

 

Our next application deadline is February 1, 2014.

SSIS Attends the 2013 ASHA Convention in Chicago!

Small Steps in Speech attended the Annual National American Speech & Hearing Association Convention in Chicago, IL in November of 2013.   This was our most successful convention to date! The number of students and professionals who visited our booth motivated us in such a positive way.  We heard Ben and Jerry speak about the importance of team work followed by motivational speaker Bob Love, Chicago Bulls superstar,  who spoke about his trials with stuttering.  We look forward to next year!

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Oktoberfest 2013 – Thanks for your support!

I would like to thank everyone who attended Small Steps in Speech’s 4th annual Oktoberfest on October 12, 2013.   As always, the basket and silent auction items raised thousands of dollars and we thank the many local businesses and individuals who donated items.

I would like to thank our sponsors who helped financially support the evening:  The Lowenberger Family, 1st Colonial Bank of Collingswood, Quake Lacrosse (Baron Wallenhurst), Main Street Reality of Collingswood, The Arc of Atlantic County (Nicole Lynch), Muller, Inc., Wegmans (Cherry Hill), Wawa (Store number 777- Cherry Hill), Traino’s Wine & Spirits, Pisker’s Bakery, Anne Piarulli, Barb Charney, Starbucks (Cherry Hill), Billy Wiedmann, Nick Brown, Pape Family, Cass Imaging, South Jersey Soft Pretzel, Inc., and so many more.   I would also like to give a special thank you to John Wapenski from JT’s Rockin Entertainment who donated his time and talent to provide entertainment for the evening.  And to the volunteer crew:  Thanks, I couldn’t have done this without you!

The highlight of the evening was hearing the testimonials of a parent and a speech and language pathologist about the impact Small Steps in Speech funding had on two specific children.   Helping children find their voice is our mission and these heartfelt words reminded everyone in the room how vital the need is to assist families and organizations.

We were reminded of Maya Angelou’s words, “Be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud.”   Each Oktoberfest attendee and donor provided many rainbows in the clouds of children with speech and language disabilities.  Thank you all.

Amanda Charney
Founder/Executive Director

SSIS Is The Recipient Of NSSLHA Loves

August 7, 2013 –  The NSSLHA (National Student Speech Language Hearing Association) has announced that Small Steps in Speech (SSIS) has been chosen as the 2013-2014 “NSSLHA Loves” campaign recipient.   Each year local NSSLHA chapters host fundraising activities to raise money for organizations that assist individuals with communication needs.   This school year the campaign will contribute all funds raised to SSIS, a 501(c)3 organization that provides funding to children with speech and language disorders and organizations that serve children with these needs.

“We at Small Steps in Speech are grateful to the members of NSSLHA for sharing our mission to both the speech and language pathologists-in-training and those who have been treating communication disorders for years.  Not only will we be able to provide increased funding for therapies to children with speech and language needs, but this collaboration also strengthens the reach of both organizations.   When looking at past “NSSLHA Loves” recipients, I am honored that SSIS was chosen to be in the company of so many outstanding organizations.  Small Steps in Speech was founded in honor of my fallen hero, U.S. Army Medic and Green Beret SSG Marc J Small.   Marc supported the growth and improvement of all children and it is fitting that these funds will allow children the opportunity to find their voice through therapy.  Just as Marc was a hero to our country, I believe that our organizations are doing heroic work in helping so many children improve their communication, which strengthens individuals, families, schools and communities.,” says Amanda Charney, Founder/Executive Director of SSIS.

http://www.asha.org/NSSLHA/chapters/NSSLHA-Loves/

About National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA)
Founded in 1972, the National Student Speech Language and Hearing Association (NSSLHA) is the national organization for […]

5th Annual “On Your Marc” makes Big Steps for Small Steps in Speech

On August 3, 2013, a group of over 670 runners, walkers and canine friends gathered together to honor not only SSG Marc Small, but many other fallen heroes from our area to participate in the 5th Annual “On Your Marc” Run/Walk for Fallen Heroes. This event was started in memory of our brother and son, SSG Marc. J. Small, U.S. Army Special Forces, who lost his life in Afghanistan in 2009.  It was gratifying to have so many people come out to honor Marc and to raise $48,000 to benefit Small Steps in Speech (SSIS).

This year we honored Fallen Heroes.  Some of our local heroes included:

Thomas Bagosy, US Marine                                                           Jacob Molesky, US Coast Guard

Justin Davis, US Army                                                                     Travis Manion, US Marine

Bradley Fox, Plymouth Township Police Officer                       Ashley Moyer, US Army

Shane Harris, US Marine                                                                Eric Shellenberger, US Navy

David Hurt, US Army                                                     […]

SSIS and CASANA Partnership Press Release

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 […]

Making Strides with Hippotherapy

Hippotherapy

Founder/Executive Director, Amanda Charney, was able to visit one of the grantees that Small Steps in Speech recently awarded. CM, is an eight-year-old boy who is making strides with his communication. SSIS has provided CM with 20 speech therapy sessions to Rocking Horse Rehab in West Orange, NJ. This particular grant was for Hippotherapy. Rocking Horse Rehab is a pediatric rehabilitation specializing in equine assisted therapies along with alternative and traditional therapeutic programs. Their mission is to enhance the quality of life of individuals with disabilities and their families by offering innovative opportunities for clinical, educational and social development through equine assisted therapies and other alternative therapeutic programs. CM receives his speech therapy while working with a Speech Language Pathologist on a horse.

“It was an awesome experience to see first hand one of the grant recipients. SSIS provides hundreds of grants to children throughout the country. I always said I wanted to meet these children and their families that I am helping and I was finally able to do just that! To meet CM’s mother and to see her motivation to improve CM’s communication was equally as exciting. There is only so much a speech therapist can do to improve a child’s communication. We rely so much on the parents/caregivers to carry over our strategies as speech therapists into their everyday environment. It is evident that CM’s family is working with the team to ensure he is improving with his communication. It was motivating for me to see a child work outside of the traditional speech therapy room and move away from the table/chair model and engage in functional communication such as Hippotherapy” stated Amanda Charney.

 

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