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Apraxia Monday: Holiday Break

By Leslie Lindsay The holidays are amongst us, and that just may mean a change in your routine.  Or, does it?  Sure, while the days are a little shorter, and filled with fun (jam-packed–even) some of you may be thinking of giving your child a holiday break from speech therapy appointments.  Don’t.  Here’s why: Your child with apraxia needs frequent and intense therapy to build and practice his motor planning skills.  In fact, the American Speech-language Hearing Association (ASHA) recommends it.  “Frequent and intense” equates to variable ideas for parents…but generally, the more severe your child’s apraxia is, the more often and longer you need to shlep your kiddo to and from speech therapy.  For example, three 30-minute sessions may be what your child needs, double-check with your SLP to see what is recommended for your child. Kids rely on routine.  Stick to it.  Sure, it’s fun to drink hot cocoa and ride in the car in PJs looking at Christmas lights once a year, but do it after your child has been to speech that day. “But I’m …