Quick and Easy: Giving Children a Voice

payitforward1Childhood Apraxia of Speech is a complex motor speech disorder that makes it difficult for children to produce sounds, syllables and words.

Despite their ability to understand and comprehend language, they are unable to communicate.

The Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA) and Silent Stars Foundation have been exploring the effects that iPad applications can have on children suffering from this condition. The iPads for Apraxia Pilot Project has donated 40 iPads to affected children to help them with speech practice, augmentative communication and education. Carlos Cornejo, a seven-year-old from Chicago, was one of the children who received an iPad. Since receiving his iPad, Carlos has shown significant improvement in pronunciation and is speaking more in school.

Silent Stars, which was founded by a Glenview mom to raise awareness about the disorder after her daughter was diagnosed with it, is hosting a fundraiser to ensure that every child who needs one can receive Augmentative and Alternative Communication devices. Their 3rd annual Strike Out Silence bowl-a-thon will take place on May 6 from 3 pm to 6 pm at Pinstripes in Northbrook.