All posts tagged: sensory overload

Apraxia Monday: Response to Christmas Morning isn’t Always Joy

By Leslie Lindsay While it is an exciting time of the year, it’s also an important time to reflect on what your child with apraxia (CAS) is thinking and feeling as the festivities approach.  Since your child may not be as verbal as you’d like, it’s often challenging to know how she or he is feeling (though I don’t want to discount the body language you are so intuned to). I remember the scene well: it was Christmas morning 2008.  My daughter with CAS was just three years old.  I thought it would have been a fun, magical and memorable Christmas–three years old!!  I can remember being three and the wonderment of a joyous holiday filled my mind.  I was determined to make it so for my own daughter.  But she wasn’t thrilled.  In fact, she timidly approached the Christmas tree where Santa had left a few unwrapped gifts…a large Fisher-Price dollhouse with accessories and a Sit ‘n Spin Zebra toy for her 1-year old sister.  She took one look and her face fell.  She ended up liking the Sit …

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 …