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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 …