Rapp Resolution Recognizes Apraxia Awareness Day

HARRISBURG—Sponsored by Rep. Kathy Rapp (R-Warren/Forest/McKean), a resolution recognizing Tuesday, May 14, 2013, as Apraxia Awareness Day in Pennsylvania unanimously passed the state House today.

Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) is a neurological disorder where children have problems making speech sounds because the brain has difficulty planning the motor and muscle movements needed for speech. When CAS is most severe, children struggle to make sounds.   Children with a moderate or milder form struggle with syllables and words.

“Moving well beyond textbook definitions and mere statistics, perhaps the best words I can offer in support of House Resolution 313 come from a loving parent in my legislative district that brought this issue to my attention after helping his child obtain the frequent and intensive speech therapy necessary to overcome CAS,” said Rapp during her House floor remarks. “That parent’s name is Robert Patchen.”
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) reports that the number of children diagnosed with CAS is on the rise.    Research shows the children with CAS have more success when they receive frequent and intensive treatment. 

Rapp closed out her House floor remarks in support of House Resolution 313 by reading directly from an email she received from Patchen: 

“As a parent, there are three words your kids can say to you that will take the worst day and make it better.   Those words are, ‘I love you.’   Now just imagine hearing those words for the first time, when your son or daughter is nearly 6 years old.

“I can still remember the first time my son said, ‘Daddy, I love you.’   It didn't come out quite as perfect as you might expect but it didn't matter.  It was perfect for me. 

“Reaching people who have not had the support and or the resources that my wife and I have had is why I feel this is so important.   Please take a minute and consider recognizing May 14 as Apraxia Awareness Day.” 

Rapp encourages Pennsylvania citizens to seek out more information online at Apraxia-Kids.org.

For the latest legislative updates, visit RepRapp.com.

Representative Kathy Rapp
65th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact: Ty McCauslin
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