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Library adds special section featuring items on Childhood Apraxia of Speech PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Thursday, 23 May 2013 11:02
NWO Apraxia Support and the Wood County District Public Library have announced a special section in the library has been developed to house lending materials about Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) and related conditions and disorders.
This collection consists of a variety of books and DVDs.
Parents and teachers who wish to make use of these materials may do so by visiting the library, 251 N, Main St. in Bowling Green.
The new collection was made available for circulation just in time for Apraxia Awareness Day, which was Tuesday.
Apraxia Awareness Day was entered into the congressional record through the efforts of CASANA, Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America.
CAS is a motor speech disorder that causes children to have difficulty making sounds, syllables and words. The brain knows what the child wants to say, but there is a problem getting the signals needed to move the child's lips, jaw and tongue in order to produce speech.
Children with Apraxia of Speech require frequent and intensive speech therapy. Every child that struggles with CAS deserves the chance to speak and be understood. With the right research, education, and grant funding this will be possible.
NWO Apraxia Support is a regional 501(c)(3) charitable organization located in Bowling Green that is dedicated to supporting families impacted by and raising awareness about Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS), as well as providing grants to fund supplemental therapies, treatments, activities, or equipment that will enhance the lives of individual children with CAS.
Since its inception in December 2012 NWO Apraxia Support has provided five children with iPads to use for therapy.
The group also arranged for a nationally recognized CAS expert, Nancy Kaufman, to train area speech and language pathologists and provided five parents with grants to attend the educational conference.
Other efforts have collaborated with the Bowling Green Kiwanis Club to award three area children with therapy tools; provided $10,000 in grants for therapeutic summer camp, equipment and other activities to 12 area children and connected with more than 50 families from Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan.
CAS has helped them to network, share resources, and obtain funds necessary for appropriate treatment; and partnered with other area non-profit and civic organizations including Maumee Valley Duck's Unlimited, Traveling Awareness Bears, CASANA, OCALI and now the Wood County District Public Library Foundation.

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