All posts tagged: preparing your child with apraxia for school

Apraxia Monday: School Readiness

By Leslie Lindsay     Ready, or not…school is right around the corner!  I know, I know…if you are a teacher or a school-based SLP you really don’t want to hear this, but we can’t wish it away.  If your child has CAS (childhood apraxia of speech), then you may have additional concerns–and that is normal and to be expected.  Hopefully this post will help ease your fears.  It’s primarily based on kindergarten, but you can adapt this to preschool-aged children as well.  Frankly speaking, it really is best to have your child with CAS in a preschool program where normally-develping students can serve as positive role-models for speaking and socializing.  Postivite parenting encouragement is really needed.  Is Your Child Ready for Kindergarten? As a parent, you are going to grapple with this question as your “baby” gets closer to “K-Day.” You are especially concerned because your child has CAS, and with that come some other concerns: difficulties with social skills, distractibility (sometimes associated with CAS), and decreased verbal skills. It’s an individual—and difficult—decision to make, …

Apraxia Monday: Taking Apraxia to School

By Leslie Lindsay At home, he may be a regular ol’ chatterbox, even though he has apraxia.  On the playground, she may squeal and giggle and talk with her friends, even though she has apraxia. That’s because it’s summer.  And your children are at home with you in a familiar environment, where they know the routines, the expectations, and the words/phrases needed to get their messages across.  But this week–or maybe it’s already happened: your child with apraxia will go (back) to school. What’s a parent to do?!?  Relax.  I’ve got you covered.  Not only are you dealing with the “regular” back-to-school angst every parent deals with, you have at least one other concern: childhood apraxia of speech (CAS).  And it’s not easy. Start early, but not too early talking to your child about what it means to go back to school. Get yourself and your kiddo over to the school.  Drive by on your way to Target and point it out, “Oh look, there’s your school!”  You may even consider packing a picnic and having lunch …