All posts tagged: Windy City Apraxia Network

Apraxia Monday: Interview with The Apraxia Connection

By Leslie Lindsay THE apraxia CONNECTION   http://www.theapraxiaconnection.org “Connecting Families, Educators & Professionals with Community Resources” Today I am happy to share with you a new non-profit organization based out of Chicagoland, The Apraxia Connection.  This new venture has been spearheaded by Holly Olmsted-Hickey, Michele Kowalski, and Barbara Matt–all mothers who have been touched in some way by childhood apraxia of speech (CAS).  Leslie4Kids: Let’s start with some introductions. I know there are three of you who are actively involved in The Apraxia Connection. Can you each provide a brief introduction as to who you are, your role in The Apraxia Connection, and a little about your family/kids, what you do “outside” of apraxia. A.    We are three moms who came together with a common goal: to help other families with apraxia and associated disorders.  We all have one or more children with apraxia.  Holly is the President, Barbara is the Vice President and Michele is the Secretary.  Outside of our family, friends, work and The Apraxia Connection, we stay up to date on information that …

Apraxia Monday: Will Walk for Words

By Leslie Lindsay The day was sunny and brisk.  Parents, children, coffee andclowns filled the pavilion.  Yep.  I am talking about the 3rd annual CASANA Chicagoland Walk for Apraxia.  If you have never been to a walk to support a cause, this is a good one to wet your feet, so to speak. For me, this was thefirst walk I attended—for any cause.  And I was impressed and touched with the efforts that went into the day. Here’s a run-down of the walk: We arrived a bit “late,” meaning we missed the breakfast and social gathering….but that didn’t mean we went hungry!   With so many vendors to choose from such Starbucks, Jewel, Matt’s Cookies, and organic foods we were able to grab a sample and a coupon and have breakfast.   We were greeted by Holly Olmsted-Hickey, head of the Windy City Apraxia Network, http://www.groups.yahoo.com/group/windycityapraxia/ who welcomed all 300+ walkers.   Overall, the donations amounted to around $19,000 for CAS education, research,and awareness.  Wow.  That’s HUGE!   Afterwards, we donned our bright orange tee-shirts …