Jake's Journey with Apraxia

And the Friends We Met Along the Way

One of my favorite shows growing up was The Facts of Life. I loved Blair, Jo, Tootie, and Natalie and all of the fun, happy, sad, and trying times that they experienced from living in an all-girl household. And when I reflected back on this week, the theme song from that sitcom popped into my …

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My husband works for a company that recruits speech therapists for public school systems across the country. One of his co-workers has a blog geared towards SLPs and employment, and in January of this year, I was a guest writer on her site. This particular post has been sitting in my computer for the past …

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This title came to me in about three seconds, probably because I’ve been living, breathing, and intensely photographing baseball all three days this past weekend. Our baseball season got extended into June this year because my middle son, who is eight, got selected to play on the all-star team. Also, my husband, who played baseball …

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About this time five years ago, I quit the career I had spent my entire post-college life building and decided to be a stay-at-home mom. When I left the office that hot, summer day, I felt like a senior graduating high school. Who hooo! Time to sleep in! Time to bask in the realm of …

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The last week in April our SLP re-evaluated Jake and gave him the Kauffman Speech Praxis Test and the Goldman Fristoe Test of Articulation. Although the test anxiety for Lil’ Man and myself has subsided a lot since that first official test back in September, it’s still a pretty nerve-wracking experience. It’s odd to me …

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This week I hung the following picture that I got from the House of Krause blog on my refrigerator: Last summer, I ran across this picture, which was in the author’s January 6, 2010 Apraxia of Speech-Does it Ever Melt Away? post. Over the past year, I’ve referred back to it on several occasions. The …

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It’s tax season so I’ve been going through my 2011 files and when I ran across Jake’s doctor bills, tests, and insurance EOBs, it brought a sick feeling to the pit of my stomach. Last year, things were dramatically different for us. And although only 365 days have passed, it feels like an eternity ago …

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Last week, my kids were on Spring Break and we took a much needed, restful vacation to the beach. We had a great time and Jake can say the word “beach” just perfect, which makes an apraxia mama like myself feel extra sunshiny inside. It was nice to have a week of no school, speech …

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This week we got back to the hustle and bustle of our every day life again and I am proud to report that we regularly logged miles into our marathon training regimen. No, these legs of mine that actually enjoy running, didn’t hit the pavement, but Lil’ Man’s mouth has been moving at record speed …

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I almost didn’t blog today because I don’t have any big apraxia news this week and truthfully, for me to say “Happy Friday” really causes my gratitude muscle to fatigue. Unfortunately, Jake, LD, and myself all got bit by the rotavirus bug this week, and Jake got hit the hardest. The trauma all began last …

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