Last week, Small Talk: All About Apraxia met for the last time. Not forever, mind you–but we closed down shop for the spring 2011 session. It was a bittersweet ending. I loved this group of dedicated and proactive parents. They were warm, supportive, and most all–they wanted to help their child with CAS.
Our last session focused on just that–next steps for helping our kiddos with apraxia. We chatted about resources–websites, books, catalogs chocked full of products, CASANA sponsored walks for Apraxia, more groups, all kinds of things. It’s fun and enlightening when you start looking just what is “out there” to help your child.
That’s all fine and well—but you know–YOU are the best resource for your little punkin!
I know what a big job it is to raise kids. There’s a lot to think about, take care of, organize, delegate, pay for, and understand. Not to mention the morals and values you hope to instill, the lessons you want to teach, and fun you so desire for your family. Why on earth would you want to add one more thing to your growing list of to-do’s? Because you love your child. It’s as simple as that. No one else can love and care for your child as much as you do. Not only do you love your child to the moon and back, but you also know your child inside and out. You are the best, mom and dad.
But there is something to it. You can’t just hear that your child has apraxia on Tuesday and then go out and tell everyone you know about it on Wednesday. You need time. You need understanding. You may need to shed a few tears. And then some more. You may need to talk to a few trusted friends about it first. You may to do a little reading on CAS first. You may need to see your child make some progress in speech therapy. Everyone has a different gauge as to what needs to happen before they are ready to move into the advocate world.
Part of being a good advocate for your child is determining what you are good at doing. I bet you have a lot of ideas already. Afterall, you are a mature, seasoned parent with some education and life skills under your belt. You probably have a good sense of your strengths and weaknesses. If not, just ask your spouse or significant other—I am sure you’ll get an earful (especially if you ask about your weaknesses)!
Need some prompts? Think of things you naturally love to do, are particularly skilled at, have a strong interest in, or would like to learn more about. Plug ‘em into the chart. You’ll know what you’re weak at if it’s something you often have to ask for assistance to complete, have failed at before, or hear complaints about (from friends, your spouse, or co-workers).
Now, take a look at your list. Is there anything that stands out? Something you might be able to apply to the world of apraxia? I will bet there is.