We are walking in the Childhood Apraxia of Speech Walk-a-Thon here in Minnesota. It may be cold, it may be snowy, but we will be there! With parkas on!
Childhood Apraxia of Speech is a motor planning problem where the areas of the brain that plan and coordinate speech production do not function properly. Essentially, the way I typically explain it is that it is like having a TV and a cable box, but no cord to connect the two. They both may work great, but all you will get is static. The areas of the brain in apraxia are not communicating in such a way as to allow for speech to occur. Because the motor planning is so difficult, other areas of learning can be compromised. Jonathan has Childhood Apraxia of Speech.
So, if you have a little extra coin, consider dropping it toward a great cause. Very little is known about the causes of Childhood Apraxia of Speech, and treatment is often a long road to go down. The CASANA foundation spearheads this effort, providing money for research and education.
So hey, donate to our team: TEAM J-MAN