The Senate today (May 14) unanimously adopted a resolution introduced by Senator Scott E. Hutchinson recognizing May 14, 2013 as Apraxia Awareness Day in Pennsylvania.
Childhood Apraxia of Speech is a little-known neurological disorder that inhibits an child’s ability to pronounce words and syllables, despite having a good understanding of spoken language and knowing what they want to say.
Apraxia has no known cure; however, it is recognized that early intervention and aggressive speech therapy can help a child overcome the disorder. The National Institutes of Health also emphasizes the importance of a strong support network of family and friends in helping a child with Apraxia achieve language development.
“I can only imagine how difficult it must be for the families of children with Apraxia and the daily challenges that these young people face. I hope that this resolution helps raise awareness and understanding of this disorder,” Senator Hutchinson said.