The Orange County Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech is an event geared toward raising funding for programs and research on apraxia, raising awareness and, above all, is “a chance to celebrate the efforts, persistence, and resilience of children with apraxia,” according to the Walk’s info page.
Childhood apraxia of speech is a motor speech disorder. Children with apraxia have problems forming sounds, syllables, and words, because the brain has problems planning the movements needed for speech. Their understanding of language “is usually much better than their ability to express it.” This rare disorder is particularly difficult to treat without an extensive network of well-trained professionals. Funding from the walk goes toward the many different elements of overcoming apraxia: from research and training professionals, to providing families and communities with information and support.
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The walk will begin at 10:00am and will be a 1-mile loop around Bill Barber Park. There will be “refreshments and snacks, a community resource faire, and children’s activities, which will include an obstacle course, an interactive music performance, face painting, and more!”
Meghan with Play Your Part will be providing the interactive music performance, so come by and participate if you attend!
Hope to see you there!