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SMALL STEPS IN SPEECH Helping children communicate one Small Step at a time

Small Steps in Speech is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity created in memory of SSG Marc J. Small, who was killed in action while serving his country in Afghanistan. As a Special Forces medic, Marc found great joy in treating patients, particularly children. Amanda Charney, Marc’s fiancée and speech-language pathologist, founded Small Steps in Speech in honor of Marc’s memory and his love for children.

Small Steps in Speech provides grants on behalf of children with speech and language disorders for therapies, treatments, communicative devices, and other services aimed at improving their communication skills.

Families with children having speech and language disorders often seek services to improve their children’s communication skills. Many health care plans either do not cover or limit coverage for speech therapy and audiology services. The lack of these therapies and services can have a life long effect on children with speech and language disorders impacting their education, social interactions, relationships, and self confidence.

Small Steps in Speech, Inc. P.O. Box 134 Collingswood, NJ 08108 1-888-5-SPEAK-6 (1-888-577-3256) fax: 856-632-7741

Funded by public contributions, Small Steps in Speech’s volunteer staff awards grants covering a wide range of services with the goal of improving communication skills of children. Grants are awarded on behalf of children that would go without these services or would otherwise be a financial hardship on their family. Small Steps in Speech also awards grants to other charitable organizations sharing our goal.

A grant from Small Steps in Speech provides financial support to families seeking speech and language services for their children, either not covered or not fully covered by their health care plan. Small Steps in Speech also helps other qualified non-profit organizations by awarding grants to help fund programs and services aimed at improving the communication skills of children.

HOW CAN WE HELP YOU? Do you know a child who would benefit from additional services or treatment, but does not have sufficient insurance or funds to cover the cost? Are you a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that serves children with communicative disorders? Please share our information with others or consider applying for a grant!

HOW CAN YOU HELP US? Small Steps in Speech relies on the generosity of individuals and organizations to fund our services. We invite you to support our cause by making a contribution, which directly funds our grants. Donations can be made on our website or by mail. Consider participating in one of our fundraising activities, or by holding your own fundraiser to support Small Steps in Speech! You can change the life of a child and their family with the gift of improved communication.




We know that children are unique and as such so are the treatments needed to improve their communication. Therefore, we are open to providing grants for treatments, therapies, devices, technologies, or other services in the realm of improving the communication skills of a child.




Children under the age of 22 living in the United States Children in need of speech and language services not yet rendered Children with public or private health care plans which do not cover or limit the coverage of speech and language services, as well as children without health insurance coverage Children with needed services that presents a financial hardship on their family Other 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations providing services to children with speech and language disorders


LEARN MORE To learn more about Small Steps in Speech please visit our website. Read testimonials, find the latest news & events, sign up for our e-newsletter, apply for a grant, and make a donation at:

T O A P P LY ? All grant applications must be submitted by mail or fax. A copy of the application is available on our website or by contacting us at 1-888-5-SPEAK-6 (1-888-577-3256). Applications are reviewed on a quarterly basis by the Board of Directors.

Please visit our website for a full description of the eligibility requirements, application, approval process, and more. Questions? Contact us at

Brochure - Small Steps in Speech  
Brochure - Small Steps in Speech  

General information about Small Steps in Speech