Wednesday, May 23, 2007


May 23, 2007
Tyler Savery

It is my hope that you do not mind me taking a moment to bring something to your attention that has nothing to do with Sirius, XM, or any equity.

CAS stands for Childhood Apraxia of Speech. Childhood Apraxia of Speech is a motor speech disorder. For reasons not yet fully understood, children with apraxia of speech have great difficulty planning and producing the precise, highly refined and specific series of movements of the tongue, lips, jaw and palate that are necessary for intelligible speech. Apraxia of speech is sometimes called verbal apraxia, developmental apraxia of speech, or verbal dyspraxia.

Putting it in simple terms, a child with CAS typically does not have the ability to verbally express themselves, but has very normal cognition. The child understands and absorbs information like a sponge, but has no way to express. This can be extremely frustrating for a child. Word form in their mind, but can not come out of their mouth.

Early diagnosis and extensive therapy are two very important keys in treating a child with this condition. CAS is rare, and often a child with CAS is misdiagnosed with Autism. Treatment for CAS differs substantially from Autism, and many children can become even more frustrated.

There are many aspects of CAS treatment that are not covered by insurance. This can put a substantial financial burden on a family. As research progresses with CAS, it is my hope that not only will diagnosis and therapy improve, but that insurance companies will better understand the condition and the required treatments.

Why do I take the time to express this? Because my 3 year old daughter suffers from CAS. She is a wonderful little girl. She is inquisitive, and very intelligent. We use a lot of sign language in my home, and she has a sign language vocabulary of nearly 700 words. Her ability to verbally express herself has improved dramatically over the past 6 months, and we are very proud of her. The sadness however comes through when we see her frustration. She tries so hard to say things, and sometimes simply can't. We are very hopeful that she will continue to progress, and that by the time she is ready for kindergarten that she will be able to do so in a standard classroom with her peers. My daughter is a bundle of joy to our family, and we will do anything for her.

What I am asking of you is that you click on the picture below, watch the brief video, and consider supporting the Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA). It has become an organization that I support because I feel that it is important that children need to have a voice, and that children need to be able to express their hopes and dreams. I also feel that it is CASANA is very important for the families that do not have the means to pay for the numerous therapy sessions required to treat CAS. CASANA gives these families needed support, guidance, and direction.

It is my hope that SSG readers would consider supporting CASANA in some way. Please click the image below to learn more.

Thank You for your consideration and support.

5/23/2007 09:41:00 PM

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