Senate Recognizes May 14th as Apraxia Awareness Day In Pennsylvania

On May 6th, the Senate adopted a resolution introduced by Senator Scott E. Hutchinson recognizing May 14th as Apraxia Awareness Day in Pennsylvania. “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.

By William Childs

Talking. Talking is such an ordinary part of our lives that we tend to take it for granted. Imagine how different your life would be if you were unable to tell jokes with your friends, order food at a restaurant, or make an emergency phone call? This is a nightmare that people with Speech Apraxia deal with on a daily basis.

Individuals affected by Speech Apraxia have normal cognitive functions. They know exactly what they want to say and when to say it, but find it difficult or impossible move their mouth and tongue to speak.

Speech Apraxia comes in two different forms — acquired apraxia and developmental apraxia. Acquired apraxia tends to occur in adults, and almost spontaneously causes people to lose speech-making abilities they once possessed. Developmental apraxia, which occurs in children, inhibits their ability to pronounce words and syllables.

Senator Scott E. Hutchinson Member of the Pennsylvania Senate from the 21st district

Apraxia has no known cure, but early intervention and aggressive speech therapy may help in overcoming this disorder. The National Institutes of Health heavily emphasizes the importance of a strong support network of family and friends.

On May 6th, the Senate adopted a resolution introduced by Senator Scott E. Hutchinson recognizing May 14th as Apraxia Awareness Day in Pennsylvania.

“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.

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