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IL: Speech-Language Students Show Support for Children at Apraxia Walk

October 23, 2014

by Office of Communications

Midwestern University Speech-Language Pathology students recently showed their support and raised money to help children with apraxia, a motor speech disorder which makes it difficult for children to communicate with others. Members of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association chapter on the Downers Grove Campus participated in the 6th Annual Walk for Children with Apraxia on October 18th at Ty Warner Park in Westmont, IL.

Students and faculty members raised more than $2,500 and filled more than 20 volunteer spots the day of the walk. The fun-filled family event included games, entertainment, and an opportunity for networking with parents and therapists.  The event aims to raise awareness about apraxia of speech and celebrate children and their families affected by communication disorders.  All proceeds from the event benefit local families through the Apraxia Connection and fund research and education programs through the Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America, a national organization focusing specifically on apraxia of speech.

Midwestern University Speech-Language Pathology students and their faculty mentors help children and adults with apraxia and other language disorders become better communicators at the Speech-Language Institute, which is part of Midwestern University's Multispecialty Clinic in Downers Grove, IL.  In July, the Speech-Language Institute hosted an "apraxia camp" for six children with this motor speech disorder.  Faculty are busy planning two sessions for the summer of 2015.  Proceeds from the Apraxia Walk will provide scholarships for next year's campers, support for their families, and ongoing awareness of this speech disorder.  

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