All posts tagged: Thankful for apraxia

Apraxia Monday: Being Thankful

By Leslie Lindsay As I sit back and think of all of the things I am thankful this past year, I am particularly thankful for a 2nd grader who has come so far on her apraxia journey.  It was nearly five years ago this month that we learned Kate had severe childhood apraxia of speech (CAS).  I was in complete and utter denial.  I didn’t know what apraxia was, let alone what it meant for my daughter–and the countless other children who also have the diagnosis.  But I do now.  It was 2007.  We were visiting with family in St. Louis for the holiday.  At the annual turkey dinner, I was chatting with one of my cousin-in-laws when she asked how the girls were doing.  She nodded, jutting her chin in their direction.  A mass of redheaded (2nd) cousins wrestled and played, appropriately so in the so-called “conversation pit” of the family’s ranch home.  Only Kate wasn’t conversing.  She was, in fact smiling and laughing and grunting.  She had no words.  Or, at least very few of …

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 …