Lead The Way

If you are a friend of Small Steps in Speech, work or have worked for Designer Shoe Warehouse, and want to be awesome, please send us an email at  We’re looking into their Lead the Way philanthropic program, and we could use your help.  Your assistance might go a surprisingly long way towards helping us help others.

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Save the Date! Saturday, August 1, 2015: 7th Annual “On Your Marc” 5K Run/Walk


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Please Support SSIS!

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Save the Date! Saturday, June 20th: South Jer-Z Riderz 10th Annual Poker Run & Car Show

Join us on Saturday, June 20 when the South Jer-Z Riderz (SJR) host their 10th Annual Poker Run & Car Show “Speaking for the Kids”  in honor of SSG Marc J. Small.  This is the 5th year that the Poker Run benefits Small Steps in Speech (SSIS).  This year there will also be a Car Show.  South Jer-Z Riderz is a motorcycle club in South Jersey who are committed to honoring and paying tribute to both active military, retired military, and those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice such as SSG Marc J Small.  Register to ride or just come out to thank the group for their efforts.

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By |March 16th, 2015|Fundraisers, News|Comments Off on Save the Date! Saturday, June 20th: South Jer-Z Riderz 10th Annual Poker Run & Car Show

SSIS and CASANA Partnership Provides Increased Funding

Great News!  Small Steps in Speech and CASANA (Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America) have announced a significant increase in the scope of their partnership to provide grants for children’s speech therapy.  Since 2013, CASANA has provided funds for therapy for children with Apraxia of Speech (CAS) through Small Steps.  In 2015, CASANA has tripled the funds available for speech therapy and communication apps for tablets!  We are so very grateful to our friends at CASANA and thrilled to have the opportunity to help three times as many children with CAS.  For more information, see the press release and application.

By |March 1st, 2015|News|Comments Off on SSIS and CASANA Partnership Provides Increased Funding

In Remembrance of Staff Sergeant Marc J. Small


Please join the Small Steps in Speech family in a moment of remembrance and respect for Staff Sergeant Marc J Small, the inspiration behind SSIS. Six years ago today on February 12, 2009, Marc left this world as an American Hero fighting the war against terror in Afghanistan. Marc gave his all to something bigger than himself and it is that selfless quality that guides our work. Through him we are making miracles happen and have helped over 300 brave children find their voices.

Honoring Veterans Day

We thank all our past and present Veterans for serving our great nation while thinking of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice especially our inspiration behind SSIS, SSG Marc J Small.

“The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by our nation.” — George Washington

Veterans Day 2014


A lasting legacy: From charity to world travel to NYC marathon, fiancée honors fallen SSG’s memory. ArmyTimes

By Kevin Lilley, Staff writer10:04 a.m. EST November 8, 2014, ArmyTimes

They had simple plans, and grand ones.

Staff Sgt. Marc Small would return from Afghanistan, where he served with 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), and marry his fiancée, Amanda Charney. He’d hit the books and become a physician assistant. She’d run a home-based speech and language pathology practice for children — Small Steps in Speech would be a good name, he figured. They’d start a family outside of Philadelphia.

They would run at least one marathon. They would visit every continent.

Plans changed Feb. 12, 2009, three weeks into Small’s deployment, when the Special Forces medic died in Faramuz after insurgents attacked his unit with rocket-propelled grenades.

In a fog of grief so thick she still doesn’t remember many details, Charney set about preparing for Small’s funeral. That included creating a charity organization to accept donations in Small’s memory.

Small Steps in Speech would be a good name, she figured.

Friends offered comfort by designing logos and putting paperwork together.

“After I lost Marc … I think I was a walking zombie,” Charney said in a Nov. 7 interview. “I’m glad that my job even kept me. I don’t know how it happened so quickly — before we even had his funeral … within days, we already had fliers.

“We were thinking it would be […]

Kudos to student speech and language pathologists at Thiel College.

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Joie Invites You to a Special Shopping Event in NYC

Thanks to NYC Speech and Language Pathologist Kim Kramer for organizing and co-hosting a fundraiser to benefit Small Steps in Speech.




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