I hope the words contained within the walls of this blog will educate, inspire, and empower you. I was fortunate enough to cross paths with many phenomenal parents and SLPs in the 56 months that this blog was active. I was able to share not only my own experience with apraxia, but also that of 19 other contributing writers.
Take a deep breath and relax. Childhood apraxia of speech is a marathon, not a sprint. The odds are in your favor that the words will come and these milestones, along with other things you will learn along the journey, will bring immense JOY.
My son, Jake, was diagnosed with apraxia in September of 2011 when he was three years old and he began speech therapy in 2010 at 27 months old. He was dismissed from speech in May of 2014, the summer before kindergarten and a few months before his sixth birthday. He also has FOOD ALLERGIES and I believe DIET/SUPPLEMENTS accelerated the progression of his speech.
Remember, knowledge is power. Find the best RESOURCES and do your own SPEECH THERAPY ACTIVITIES. Find a method that works and charge after it. Fight for those words, put one foot in front of the other, and have faith. The early days, AGE 2-3, are the hardest. Wading through unfamiliar waters is scary and witnessing your child struggle with something that comes natural for other children is painful. But once AGE 4-5 hits, you’ve got experience under your belt, your baby has a few more words, and the benefit of early intervention starts to pay off.
Best wishes in your own journey to help your sweet child find their voice.