Apraxia Group: Session 4–What Can You Do?

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Monday, Monday…oh my, it’s no wonder songs are written about this day of the week.  Don’t know about you, but this momma is draggin’!  What a long weekend it was with two very busy girls and an out-of-town husband.  It’s a wonder I’m not bald (from pulling my hair out) or blind (from yanking my eyeballs out) on this glorious Monday.

Today’s  group/session is on what you can do at home to help your little one with apraxia.  We’ve covered lots–your apraxia story, the definition/symptoms of apraxia, the stress of raising a child with apraxia–along with ways to cope, and now we’re moving into proactive coping–helping your kid the best you know how. 

What do you do at home already?  I bet you do lots more than you really believe you are doing. 

  • Do you read books to your child? 
  • Do you engage in dialogic reading?  (That’s when you stop and ask your child questions about what he sees on the pages.  “Look at that–what’s that?  Oh, it’s a kitty.  What does a kitty say?  That’s right–a kitty says ‘meow’.”) 
  • Do you repeat words and phrases often? 
  • Do you ask your child to at least attempt a word or phrase before you do what you know they are requesting (through body language)?   
  • Do you make learning and practicing fun?  (Yep–time to put away the flashcards–they are not fun)
  • Do you give your kid access to gross motor work?  (A trampoline–even a small one, climbing, digging, swinging, spinning).  It all helps stimulate and develop the vestibular system, which some say is important in connecting those neural pathways. 
  • Do you sneak in speech practice in the car or playground?  Say the ABCs while you push the swing, ask little questions in the car….”Who’s driving the minivan (mommy)?  Who’s at work? (daddy), Who lives in St. Louis? (Papa and Nana), What do we say when we go to bed? (Night-night)”   All of that gives your child practice. 
  • Dancing and singing to music is helpful, too. 

What else have you done?  What does your child particularly like?  Let us know!  We all need some ideas from time to time.  Click on “comment” and tell us your “pseudo-therapist” tricks-of-the-trade!

Happy Monday!

About leslie1218

Author of SPEAKING OF APRAXIA (Woodbine House, 2012) frantically working on a novel that should be ready for submission this fall. Mom of two spritely redheads & one chubby basset hound whose stories & images appear in my writing from time-to-time.

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  1. We play the Cariboo Island Treasure game. He has to name what he sees on the card (a number, letter, or color) and match it to the picture cards on the game (which I also ask him to identify). If he pronounces a word wrong I show him where to put hid tongue/lips to make the right sound. He asks to play over and over again, despite how hard I make him work. Tonight he hugged the trasure chest and said “I love the treasure game!”

  2. Sometimes we play “I spy” in the car as we drive through town, only it’s “I see” or “I like” instead of the more difficult “sp” combo. I draw it out and if she has trouble (in the car seat in the back) I can take my right hand and draw my fingers down an imaginary string as I elongate the “s”. We’re working on “s” and “L” and endings (“k”). We take turns. She finds something different in her turn and I always hope I can figure out what it is by looking around! (We’re also working on changing “Me” as the subject of a sentence to “I.” It’s not there yet.)

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