Jake's Journey with Apraxia

And the Friends We Met Along the Way

We’ve been on our new diet and supplement plan for three full weeks and are now beginning our fourth week. While I haven’t been sharing this experience online, I have been keeping my own journal at home to document what has and has not been working. Week one and half of week two there were major challenges and regression in speech and behavior. It was bad. I didn’t know if I had the patience or perseverance to make it, but thanks to lots of prayer and sheer determination, I did. Day #9 I saw huge progress in both speech and behavior, but a couple of days later it stalled out. For the past six days, the improved speech has returned.

Along with new words, improved clarity, almost perfect mimicking, and a handful of words strung together to create the best sentences we’ve heard so far, there have been some new things that I did not expect.

  • Personality – not “just” speaking, but saying funny things here and there.
  • Politeness – With Jake’s new words, “yes sir,” “yes ma’am,” “please,” and “thank you”  have been flowing out of his mouth on a fairly regular basis. It’s like having a baby pop out of you with manners.
  • Dressing, undressing, and putting on shoes.
  • More appropriate reactions to experiences. Jake has always been a very chilled kid; nothing ever got him worked up. Now, if something negative happens, he cries or gets mad about it.
  • Increased pain sensation. For two years, Jake’s heel and toe have had some nasty eczema on them. It’s always amazed me, but he’s never acted like it bothered him. Even when I doctor it, he doesn’t even flinch. Now he has started to cry, limp, and complain when it gets really bad and takes notice when it’s looking better.

In two weeks, we will have our follow-up appointment with the doctor. It is both exciting and scary at the same time. It’s also overwhelming because it puts a lot of pressure on me to stay on my game all day long. I’m curious to see what the upcoming weeks and months hold for us.

Disclaimer: All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. This diet and supplement program was designed to meet my child’s specific food allergies/intolerances and nutritional deficiencies. Always consult with a doctor before beginning any diet or supplement program.

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