Jake's Journey with Apraxia

And the Friends We Met Along the Way

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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When Neil Sedaka blended the notes perfectly together back in the 1960s to sing the song, Breaking Up Is Hard to Do, he didn’t know that one day someone might disagree with his heartfelt chorus. Anyone who has tried scripting with their apraxic child knows that breaking up a word or sentence into a simpler …

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When Jake first got diagnosed with apraxia and I was on a Google frenzy, I read, When a child has Childhood Apraxia of Speech he or she may need 3,000 productions of a sound combination or word to learn a muscle memory for that combination. Whoa! To say the least, that statistic upset and overwhelmed …

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Disclaimer: Leslie Lindsay provided me with a free copy of Speaking of Apraxia to offer as a giveaway on my blog. I was under no obligation to write a positive review or sponsor this giveaway. The longer I am a mama to a child with apraxia, the more I wonder if our lives will ever …

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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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Quite often, Lil’ Man gets bored with his speech homework, so I am always searching for new and exciting ways to switch it up. Modifying Cranium Cariboo – A Magical Treasure Hunt game was a huge success in our house. This game came out a few years ago and my older son loved playing it. …

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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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In April of last year, Jake ended public therapy with Babies Can’t Wait and began seeing a private SLP at my older son’s private, elementary school for one thirty minute session each week. During this time, there was no rhyme or reason to the words and sounds he worked on each week, and his therapy …

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