I am so pleased with the turn out for “Small Talk: All About Apraxia!” Thank you all for coming to the first meeting which was held last Tuesday. Not only did we have a great turn-out of parents, but we had a fun time! Oh, and did I mention that some of these parents travelled a good distance to sit and talk with one another about CAS? Amazing! Give yourself a pat on the back : )
This first meeting was all about your apraxia story. We all have a story to tell about how we learned on our child’s diagnosis. In fact, it may be just as powerful as your “birth story.” Remember, how as first-time parents we’d share the story of how we brought our little bundles of joy into the world? Every story was a little bit different…fast and furious, emergency C-section, elective inducement, in a car on the way to the hospital, a home birth…well, you get the idea. It all ends with a baby we love dearly.
Our apraxia stories are similar: just we have a child with CAS. We love them just the same. We want to help them and understand them and give them their own voice. It’s all the same.
In our first group, we discussed these stories by going person to person, parent to parent. We learned a great deal about one another and how we parent, how we care. We learned one another’s struggles and hopes, and desires. We learned to laugh–otherwise we just might cry. We learned that we are there for one another, because really–it takes a village to raise a child.
Tomorrow, we meet again. This week’s topic will be: “What is CAS, really?” There is a lot of information “out there.” How do we know it’s accurate? What sources can we trust? And what is Childhood Apraxia of Speech?
I will plan to post the topic as well as a summary of discussions on “Apraxia Monday” blogs from now through May 10th. Check back often to follow along on our “virtual group.”
Coming up on Leslie4Kids:
- “Apraxia Monday” May 17th, we’ll discuss summer speech enrichment ideas for your child.
- Lots of good information from my Writer’s Institute Conference in Madison, WI to share with you on “Write On, Wednesday”
- Party Planning ideas to get your motivated for late spring and summer birthday parties!