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Lifestyles

August 26, 2013

Bellevue walk to be held Sept. 21

BELLEVUE — A walk to benefit children will be held in September in Bellevue.

The Bellevue Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech will be held Saturday, Sept. 21, at Felderman Park. This is the fifth year of the event and all proceeds will benefit apraxia programs and research of the Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America.

Childhood Apraxia of Speech is a neurological speech disorder in children.

This disorder makes it difficult or impossible for children to accurately produce sounds, syllables and/or words despite having a good understanding of language.

Event coordinator Jennifer Smith’s son, Owen, was diagnosed with Apraxia of Speech at the age of 3. She said they have been blessed to find great therapists and programs to help him succeed, but there’s still a long way to go.

“Every child that struggles with CAS deserves the chance to speak and be understood,” Smith said. “With the right research and education, this is possible.”

The Bellevue Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech is open to all adults and children.

On-site registration and check-in begins at 9:45 a.m. Sept. 21, with the walk starting at 10:30 a.m. Anyone interested in registering, making a donation, or learning more about the event, can contact jenn121077@yahoo.com or visit the event website at Secure.apraxia-kids.org/bellevuewalk.

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