Forum: Children with Vision, Hearing & Sensory Issues
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Apraxic the way it's been explained to us is a lack of proper communication between the muscles and brain. Carrie is physically and mentally able to form the sounds for words, but her brain is not getting the messages to her muscles correctly. Her receptive communication is age appropriate, but she has to focus much harder on how to form words and do things because the messages dont get where they're supposed to go in the right way.
jumping in from the special needs board my 3.5 year old is apraxic (and suggested that she's developmentally apraxic as well). We just really take things slowly. A LOT of repetition. I dont focus on how many words she says but how well she's saying them. Also I use a different list of beginner words. Instead of trying to teach her things that are "typical" first words (mama, dada, ball, etc), I teach her words that are similar to sounds she can already make. She's good at B's (bite, ball, bye) and M's (mama, more, mine) so most of the words we work on start with those letters. Once she's pretty good at those words we move on to a different beginning sound. Before we took that method it'd be months before she'd get a new word, not it's MUCH simpler.
"Disability is not a brave struggle or ‘courage in the face of adversity.’ Disability is an art. It’s an ingenious way to live."
Last edited by C&K'sMama; July 10th, 2011 at 10:24 AM.
I've never posted here before but I read here often. It is suspected that my DD has apraxia of speech and we are anticipating a diagnosis in the next few weeks. Check out the CASANA website if you haven't found it already and they have a FB page that is very supportive. There are also many local chapters where you may be able to find additional support. One site I've found to be great is teachmetotalk.com. She also has a podcast and it's great to hear different strategies about helping our little ones through this.