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May 11, 2013

CASANA to celebrate first ever Apraxia Awareness Day

McALESTER — Pittsburgh, Pa. — On May 14, the Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA) is asking communities worldwide to become aware and educated about the needs, challenges and abilities of children affected by apraxia.

Apraxia is among the most severe speech and communication problems in children. Affected children have difficulty planning and producing the precise, highly refined and specific series of movements of the tongue, lips, jaw and palate that are necessary to produce clear, intelligible speech.

“Families have truly longed to have a day recognizing the struggles faced by their children. There are many misconceptions about children who speak little or do not speak well. We aim to improve the public awareness so that accurate information is shared and understood,” said Sharon Gretz, executive director of CASANA. A statement acknowledging Apraxia Awareness Day is scheduled to be placed in the Congressional record of the United States House of Representatives as well as state level legislative bodies.

CASANA will be using social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube and blogs to mobilize families, friends and professionals to help educate and raise apraxia awareness. An online Apraxia Awareness Day store has been set up to purchase T-shirts, buttons and other awareness items. The first Apraxia Awareness Day will include an online apraxia quiz, Twitter chat, contests and a question and answer webinar. For more information on Apraxia Awareness Day visit the established Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/397272530369926/.

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