Jake's Journey with Apraxia

And the Friends We Met Along the Way

October is my favorite month and fall is my favorite season, but my heart just isn’t in it this year. Usually by now the bushes outside our house are strung with several hundred orange lights and the pumpkins, scarecrows, spider web, and tombstones are screaming, “Halloween rocks!” But this year I’m feeling a lot more …

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The first day of our technology fast, I was a little worried. Lil’ Man cried for at least twenty minutes for the iPad and I’ll admit, I lied and told him Daddy took it with him out of town for work just to cushion the blow a little. But after that first day, he was …

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I have a confession to make: I’m starting to think that my child is in the beginning stages of iPad addiction. For a couple of weeks now, I’ve noticed the attraction getting stronger. Here’s Lil’ Man’s symptoms: Within the first five minutes of waking up, he requests “Daddy’s iPad.” And yep, you guessed it … …

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Video games nowadays astound me. I was a child of the eighties and spent many hours in my room playing Pong and Pac-Man on a tiny black and white television set. Yes, it was serious entertainment to volley a computerized ball back and forth and it was even better to eat ghosts and clear a …

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At 27 months old, Jake began speech therapy with our local state program. Each week the SLP would come to our house for thirty minute sessions and she would sit across from him on the floor and she’d attempt to capture his attention. Sometimes she whipped out a toy from her own bag of tricks, …

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On Tuesday morning after Jake and I got home from speech therapy, we baked some gluten-free chocolate chip cookies, which he critiqued as being “nasty.” That’s a pretty descriptive adjective for a kid who has a limited vocabulary. I glanced around at my kitchen, mixing bowls adorning my counters, flour settling into the black and brown …

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After nine months of working with the Kaufman Treatment Kit 1, Jake has finally graduated to new sounds. Although I love these cards and fully understand the importance of repetitive practice, I was more than ready to move on. As I mentioned in recent posts, we are now practicing /l/, /f/, /s/, and /z/ words. …

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Reinforcing the words that Jake practices at speech therapy has always been important to me. I haven’t always met my goals or been successful with my attempts, but through trial and error, I have found out what makes Jake tick. He likes adventure, variety, and he likes to move. Most importantly, he doesn’t mind saying …

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When Jake was 30 months old and we started speech therapy with SLP #2, she suggested we read repetitive books. Jake did not have an apraxia diagnosis at that time and during speech therapy she would read him Brown Bear and they would do a craft. The entire time, she would encourage him to speak, …

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In Monday’s post I mentioned that Jake has not been showing me the love for those homemade Kaufman flash cards. For those of you that are regular readers, you know that I spent a LOT of time and effort making these cards perfect. Needless to say, when he’s squirming around in the chair next to …

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