May 14th, 2021 marks Childhood Apraxia of Speech Awareness Day. Apraxia of speech is an extremely challenging disorder in children which causes significant difficulty in learning to speak and is among the most severe speech deficits in children. While the act of learning to speak comes effortlessly to most children, those with apraxia endure an incredible and lengthy struggle. Without appropriate speech therapy intervention, children with apraxia are placed at high risk for secondary impacts in reading, writing, spelling, and other school-related skills. Childhood Apraxia of Speech diminishes future independence and employment opportunities if not resolved or improved. Most children with apraxia of speech will learn to communicate with their very own voices only if they receive early intervention, appropriate, intensive, and frequent speech therapy.
“The Town of Greece is honored to join organizations, families, and individuals around the world as we raise awareness of childhood Apraxia of Speech” said Supervisor Reilich. “Our highest respect goes to these children, as well as their families, for their effort, determination and resilience in the face of such obstacles”.