Jake's Journey with Apraxia

And the Friends We Met Along the Way

by Sheila, Contributing Writer At three years old, Gia’s severe speech delay qualified her for services through our school district’s Priority Preschool. I was convinced that with a little extra help, she would catch right up and we would move on with our lives. I really believed that. Eight weeks, one progress report, and no …

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The last time I wrote I was mad, distraught, and discouraged because Jake’s latest skin-prick test that showed that his allergies had gotten worse instead of better. But, isn’t it just crazy that I am not in eternal thankful mode for his almost resolved apraxia? I had overlooked this enormous detail until I went to Jake’s …

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After the dust settled from the holidays, I took some time to reflect on the past year and to set 2013 goals for both myself and Jake. For most of 2012, I did a weekly update on Jake’s progress and what he was doing at speech therapy. For those of you who are regular readers, …

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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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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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Only a mother of an apraxic child would dream of the day when her little one can say “no.” I’m sure all mothers will agree that this can be the most annoying word … ever. Especially when it’s often misused by defiant, stubborn toddlers who pronounce the /n/ perfectly in a louder than necessary tone. …

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This time of year I am forced to clean out the sixty minutes of recording space in my FlipVideo camera and download any keepers into my computer so I can make room for new holiday memories. I had hoped to blog about the ghost of Christmas past and show a video of Jake’s speech from this …

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