HARRISBURG – Today is Apraxia Awareness Day in Pennsylvania. Childhood Apraxia of Speech is a little-known neurological disorder that inhibits a child’s ability to pronounce words and syllables, despite having a good understanding of spoken language and knowing what they want to say. The PA Senate unanimously adopted a resolution introduced by Venango County Sen. Scott Hutchinson, who said more research needs to be done to find the cause and a cure. The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association reports that the number of children diagnosed with apraxia is on the rise. It is recognized that early intervention and aggressive speech therapy can help a child overcome the disorder. The National Institutes of Health also emphasizes the importance of a strong support network of family and friends in helping a child with apraxia achieve language development.