Apraxia Monday: Seeing it Everywhere

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Have you ever noticed how once  you start noticing something you notice it everywhere?!  For example, when I was looking to purchase a VW Jetta some time ago, I remarked to the salesman, “You don’t really see very many of them on the road like you do a Toyota or a Honda.”  And then I started paying attention and–bam–Jettas everywhere!  Same goes for mattresses…I never really noticed all of the ads for new mattresses, bedding stores, commercials until…I needed on. 

What am I getting at?  Apraxia, of course.  Before I had a daughter with CAS, I had no idea what it was.  In fact, I never really paid much attention to speech and language concerns of any kind.  I didn’t know much about the practice of speech pathology, and to be honest…never dreamed that I would one day be a mommy who cared so much about it. 

Now it seems as though apraxia is everywhere.  Not really…but, bear with me.  Like you, I have probably just become more attuned to it–and to other children who have difficulty communicating. 

While it’s not specific to apraxia, I was excited to make a connection to CAS in a Jodi Picoult book I was reading just last night.  “Change of Heart,” (2008, Atria Books) brings to life a character, Shay Bourne who has difficulty communicating–among other things–and this quote spoke so true to me:

“…the words tangled, and he had to stop to unravel them before he could say what he needed to say.  ‘I want to…he bagan, and then started over: ‘Do you, is there, because…’ The effort made a fine sweat break out on his forehead, it there anything I can do for you?’ he finally managed.” 

Okay, don’t ruin it for me, because I am only about 1/5 into the book and I think some big mystery is going to be revealed….but I couldn’t help thinking about our kiddos with apraxia and how hard it is for them to talk at times.  It’s hard to listen to and decipher and it’s hard for them to get the words out, just like it was/is for Jodi Picoult’s character, Shay Bourne. 

Now wouldn’t it be something if an author with as much respect as Ms. Picoult were to write a book about a kid with CAS?  After all, she has written one recently about a child with Aspergers…you never know. 

I’m curious to know, where have you found CAS-like symptoms/behaviors in your daily life without really looking?  Send me an email leslie_lindsay@hotmail.com and let me know! 

Up Next on Leslie 4 Kids:

  • First of all– Happy New Year!  I feel it in my bones–2011 is going to be a lucky year. 
  • Apraxia Monday will continue to be a column.  Let me know if you have any burning desires to be a guest blogger or have a topic idea.  Just shoot me an email to let me know leslie_lindsay@hotmail.com
  • January’s theme will be all about getting the year off right–“Organization 101″ which will “air” on Wednesdays.
  • Starting in February, I will be blogging on the art of writing.  “Write on Wednesday” you’ll learn that there is a method to my madness!

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 have a CAS support group in my area and the 4 of us have gotten close over the last 4 years. We comment all the time about how we are “armchair therapists / diagnosticisns;-).
    Once you’ve experienced a speech disorder and accompanying issues, it is incredibly easy to notice those characteristics in other children. I have friends and acquaintances whose children are obviously speech delayed but who don’t want to listen to me when I casually mention it. I find that kind of sad. But I also find myself having more empathy for kids and parents who are living it like we were/ are. Neurological disorders like CAS are invisible and most people just don’t get it.

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