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Apraxia Monday: “Because I have apraxia!!”

By Leslie Lindsay Lately, my sassafrass of a daughter has been giving me this excuse when she can’t say or read something just so:  “It’s p-cuz I have apraxia, mmoooommm!!”  Whoa!  Enter the Sassy-Speech-Sqaud (We’ll call it the Triple-S).  I am hear to tell you that having apraxia, thought not necessarily a “good thing,” is not an excuse for trying–trying to read, trying to write, trying to speak intelligently (and intelligibly). Sure, it may be trickier to speak as a younger child with CAS.  No doubt about it.  Having childhood apraxia of speech (CAS), is a challenging motor-speech disorder in which kids know what they want to say, yet they just can’t coordinate their thoughts with with the intricate movementes of the muscles needed to articulate clearly–or at all.  When a child is young, explaining that she has apraxia to others is apporpropriate (given it’s the right situation and the right person, a teacher for example needs to know).  But by the time a child can say, “It’s because I have apraxia [that I can’t …