“Mom, I tired of going to speech,” she tells me. I’m driving the minivan and I reach behind to grab Kate’s little ankle. I give her a squeeze, “I know, pumpkin. But it’s important.”
“I already know how to talk,” she assures me. “Why do I have to go?”
It breaks my heart. Mysweet 5-year old really doesn’t understand why she has to go to speech once a week. Although in my head I have lots of reasons why–prosody, socialization, sequencing, narrative skills–but how do I explain that to my little sweetie? So I just roll my lips into a straight line, twist back to face her at the next stop-light and say, “Well, I want to make sure you are really, really ready to go to kindergarten.”
For now, that seems to appease her. But I know there will come a day when I need to have a better answer for her. I know there will come a day when she really refuses to go. I guess I can’t blame her. Kate has been going to speech therapy once or twice (even three times for awhile!) a week for half of her life! We all get burned out on doing the same things over and over (unless of course, it’s eating ice cream!)
I know I will continue to take Kate to speech therapy as long as I need to. As long as she needs it. As long as I can convince her that it’s really, really important. Because it is.
Other news in the world of Apraxia:
- CASANA member, Lisa Allseits and her husband hosted the first Midwestern Apraxia Picnic at their family farm in NW Illinois this past weekend. Did anyone go?? What did you think?
- Case Western University was recently awarded a grant of $235,000 for a fMRI, an imagining study of speech production in kids with CAS.
- I met with two great woman in St. Louis this past weekend–Rhonda Bandford, SLP and Amy Moll (apraxia mom who was a guest blogger a few weeks back) who were full of ideas, inspiration, and encouragement. I’ll pass on some of their tips and ideas next week!
- Apraxia Info/Edu/Support Group currently forming in the Fox Valley area of Chicagoland (sessions to begin this fall). Email me now firstname.lastname@example.org for more information &/or to put your name on the list. It’s FREE!!