All posts tagged: SLP

Apraxia Monday: Halloween Prep

By Leslie Lindsay It may very well be the 2nd most-preferred holiday by kids, coming in right below Christmas.  But for some, Halloween stirs up anxious feelings.  It may be due to sensory integration issues, social anxiety, childhood apraxia of speech (CAS), all three–or maybe something else. I know when my daughter, Kate was first diagnosed with apraxia, I was concerned.  I was worried she wouldn’t be able to ring the doorbells of friends and neighbors and say, “Trick-or-treat,” like all of the other kids.  Never mind the fact that she wouldn’t even be able to tell a joke!  I tried to keep my anxieties to myself, after all I know if I let my children see what I am anxious about, they will pick-up on it and in turn become anxious, too.  So, I put on a happy face and practiced with her. We worked on words and phrases that may come up in preparation for the annual rot-out-your-teeth holiday.  Words and phrases like: Candy Trick Treat Pumpkin Carve Candle Orange Thank you Costume …

Apraxia Monday: Word Study

By Leslie Lindsay Each day, I am reminded that my daughter has apraxia.  It’s not so apparent anymore.  Her speech has really developed since she was diagnosed way back when (she’s 6 now), her vocabulary is huge–even if she doesn’t articulate so well.  But, there was a time when I knew absolutely nothing about speech pathology.  Nothing. Fast-forward 4 1/2 years and I know waaay more about speech pathology than I ever, in my wildest dreams imagined.  In elementary school, there were “speech teachers,” whom some of my classmates would see on occassion.  Later, I learned these folks were actually speech-language pathologists (SLPs) and I really had no idea they worked anywhere but within schools. Entering High School, there were “speech teachers,” but of a different sort.  These speech  teachers taught speech & debate, improvisational theater, radio & television broadcast…all of which I was involved with when I was a student. And then, I had a baby (some years later).  And this baby grew to become a non-verbal toddler.  And she was diagnosed with speech apraxia (CAS).  …

Apraxia Monday: Prepping for a Successful School Year

By Leslie Lindsay It may be that the days of sunshine and freedom are coming to end.  Our little people head to school again–soon.  If your child also has childhood apraxia of speech (CAS), that can mean more worries and concerns for you. Here’s a few tips to get you started preparing kids for back-to-school (adjust according to age, developmental level): If your kiddo will be headed off to school for the first time without you (language-based, special-ed preschool), begin by chatting about the change in positive terms, “Hey, guess what?!  You’ll be going to preschool soon.”  You can show a calendar page with the date and the days leading up to school. We drove by the preschool several times on our way around town.  Once, we even packed a picnic and had lunch at the playground. When you learn the name of your child’s teacher, practice saying it.  You may want to even have your private-based SLP work with your child on the teacher’s name, along with other school-based words or phrases (“Wait!”  “I …