Two local schoolchildren were recognized Monday, May 14, receiving proclamations from Mayor Nancy Rossi to commemorate Apraxia Awareness Day and raise awarness of the speech disorder in West Haven.

Rossi visited and presented proclamations to Forest Elementary School kindergartner Nicholas Gorske and Seth Haley Elementary School third-grader Ethan Kubicko.

Both children have childhood apraxia of speech, or CAS, an uncommon speech disorder in which a child has difficulty making accurate movements when speaking.

“It is imperative that there be greater public awareness about childhood apraxia of speech in our city among community members, physicians, educators, policymakers and elected officials,” Rossi said in a release.

“Our deepest respect goes to the thousands of affected children and their families for their determination and resilience in the face of great adversity,” Rossi said.

Nicholas was joined at the Forest School presentation by his mother, Anna Gorske, his brother and cousin, Issac Gorske and Laura Hines, and his paraprofessional, Cynthia Russello.

Ethan, a third-grader, was joined at the Haley School presentation by his parents, Jason and Maggie Kubicko, and his grandparents, Rich and Kathy Carew, and his classmates.

He was also joined by his speech therapist, Denyse Miller, his teacher, Christina Sasso, and his principal, AmyJo Palermo, Rossi said in the release.

Both students recently contacted Rossi about declaring the special day in the city as a means to raise awareness of the speech disorder.