By Leslie Lindsay
This Just In: I was recently asked by Pediatric Health Associates of Naperville/Plainfield, IL to be a guest blogger on their website/blog. Here’s a brief run-down of how we got to the point of seeking out an SLP for our daughter’s suspected speech “problem.” (at the time, we didn’t know it was apraxia). All thanks to our pediatrician who suggested we get her speech evaluated. Read the blog yourself here: http://www.pedhealth.blogspot.com/
We all have a story to tell about when and how our child was ultimately diagnosed with CAS. Do you remember the day well? Was it a blur? Do you wish you could forget it?
It is often these stories that shape our understanding–and often outcome–of our child’s diagnosis. If you had a chance to recreate that story with exactly all of the details that made the story more “healing”/proactive would you? Do you believe it unfolded just the way it was *meant* to?
I suppose I am of the camp that believes everything-happens-for-a-reason. As I look back on my daughter’s early days of having received her CAS diagnosis, I am pretty comfortable with how everything worked out. We were fortuante enough to have caring, astute medical professionals on-board at an early age who helped guide us in the right direction–that of the SLP.
However, I realize not all families are quite so lucky. If you are suspecting your child has a speech-language delay/concern, please bring it to the attention of a trusted medical provider. While it is true that M.D.s and Nurse Practioners cannot diagnose CAS, they can point you in the right direction. If you are unable to connect with a medical professional, contact your local early intervention program, even a preschool would be able to give you some hints or tips on where to go if you are unsure.
Okay, that’s enough of my PSA for the day! Please feel free to share your comments and experiences with learning your child’s diagnosis. Who was it that ultimately got you on the right path to intervention?
Check out Speaking of Apraxia: A Parent’s Guide to Childhood Apraxia of Speech (Woodbine House, March 2012) from your local library, Amazon http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_0_19?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=speaking+of+apraxia&sprefix=Speaking+of+Apraxia%2Caps%2C479, Barnes & Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/speaking-of-apraxia-leslie-lindsay/1108043955?ean=9781606130612, or Woodbine House, www.woodbinehouse.com