Jake's Journey with Apraxia

And the Friends We Met Along the Way

In the book “What’s Eating Your Child?”, the author Kelly Dorfman correlates that learning how to speak is a lot like learning a fancy dance routine. Some people are naturals … from day one, the moves come easy and they require minimal practice. But, for other people the twists, turns, and dips are far from …

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We are having amazing fall weather and I am soaking in every minute of it. Here are a couple of things that have helped Jake get in the spirit of Halloween … Teach Preschool Blog – “Ppppp is for pumpkin painting, pouring, pounding, and play dough play” While Jake enjoyed painting this pumpkin, he LOVED …

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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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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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Last week a moment that I had been anticipating for months finally arrived. On Wednesday my husband and I took Jake to see a physician that specializes in pediatric integrative medicine. All the months of prayers, googling, researching, reading, emails, calls, and comments on blog posts had all led us to this decision. I am …

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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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