All posts tagged: childhood apraxia

Apraxia Monday: Playing with your Food has Speech Pay-off

By Leslie Lindsay I’m a crafty kind of girl, so when I have the opportunity to combine crafting with another one of my passions: childhood apraxia of speech (CAS), I am a happy camper.  Not only that, but I also enjoy myself a good snack from  time to time….so when I came across this resource, it was an eureka moment! From the North Shore Pediatric Therapy website, an article by Deanna Swallow (December 19, 2011) “5 Favorite Edible Crafts for Kids and How to Encourage Language During Snack Time” http://nspt4kids.com/parenting/5-favorite-edible-crafts-for-kids-and-how-to-encourage-language-during-snack-time/ Who said you shouldn’t play with your food??!  Bon apetite! You may also be interested in an article I wrote that just ran on http://www.specialneeds.com today.  http://www.specialneeds.com/children-and-parents/speech-or-communication-impairment/speech-based-activities-kids– Next week on Apraxia Monday: We start the official count-down to the book, “Speaking of Apraxia:  A Parent’s Guide to Childhood Apraxia of Speech” with excerpts from each chapter.  The book should be available in March 2012 by Woodbine House, Inc.  You can pre-order now, http://www.woodbinehouse.com for a $5 savings off of list price.  The book will be delivered to …

Apraxia Monday: Finding Resources

By Leslie Lindsay I love resources.  I can’t seem to get enough books, websites, hand-outs, magazines and journal articles.  I love them!   Some people may refer to this as being an information junkie.  I, on the other hand call it nerdy.  And that is okay–for I take pride in my nerdiness! But when it comes to our kids, we can’t afford to not be a nerd.  You see, when my own daughter was diagnosed with CAS (apraxia) in 2007, I was determined to find some answers.  And while there are a great many webites and groups that have some good information out there, I was still lacking in something…and that something by-the-way is the human connection we all crave. I began Small Talk: All About Apraxia, a small-group in which parents of children with CAS could gather and get a little education on this complex neurologically-based motor speech disorder.  It was great to see all of the eager faces.  And while we all had a great time learning, chatting, and sharing tid-bits of news about childhood apraxia, some of us …

Apraxia Monday: Being Thankful

By Leslie Lindsay While you are preparing for your annual Thanksgiving gathering this week, I just want to send out a thoughtful reminder about our kiddos with childhood apraxia of speech. Remember that any gathering can be overwhelming for any child, apraxia or not.  Grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins.  While most of the time, these sorts of events are intended to be fun and festive, our kiddos with CAS can quickly become overwhelmed.  They may shut-down or become overly clingy.  They may “forget” words you know they know…it’s the pressure of having to perform that may cause them to clam up.  Not only that, but the sounds and unfamiliar faces may just be too overstimulating. What’s a parent to do?!  Well, in advance chat with your child.  Let them know what is coming down the pike (or the gullet!).  Tell them that you’ll be going to grandma’s house (or wherever) and that there will be others there, too.  You may want to pull out the photo albums (or your iPhone) and point out some of the …