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October 8th, 2008, 06:20 PM
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Hello! I am a mom of three, 7-year-old DD, just about 6-year old DS, and 21-month old DS. My 21-month old, although not formally diagnosed, definitely has a speech delay. My husband and I are seriously thinking it must be apraxia, because of what he does. Most of his "verbal" communication through the day is humming, very expressively, with his mouth closed. Think about how you would probably speak if your mouth was closed, and that's pretty much what he does. He even gets intonation right, for example, thank you, or uh oh. You can hear that's what he means, but it's all with a closed mouth.

We know he can make all sorts of consonant sounds, because when he's not thinking about it, he can babble all sorts of sounds, but as soon as he starts trying, it reverts back to the humming.

We've seen a developmental pediatrician who confirmed he isn't autistic (he's much too interactive and social), but he's pretty much said we can't say for sure he's got some physical or neurological reason behind his speech delay until another year or year and a half. That's no good for us, because if he does have something, we want to deal with it sooner than later. We're looking into private speech therapy (which fortunately is covered by my work health care plan).

Anyways, just wanted to say hi, and I'm pleasantly suprised at how many moms on this board have children with apraxia or something like it. I don't feel so alone, and I can see the successes your children have had with therapy, which gives me hope that he'll one day be able to communicate verbally (we're currently using signing, which he's picking up not too badly).
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October 9th, 2008, 07:21 AM
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Welcome to the board! That definitely does sound like there's something there - I can't imagine how frustrating it must be to have a doctor unwilling to do anything! Is there any opportunity for you to see someone else and get a second opinion? I'm very glad you're also able to get private speech therapy. I'm sure that you will see marvelous strides with him!
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October 9th, 2008, 06:31 PM
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Ok, so, um, yeah - the little guy decided all of a sudden today to start copying some things my husband said - dada, mama, no, even night night (well, na-na). Which is awesome, but it's the story of his life! Every time we are convinced something is wrong, he gives us a little suspense, and then proves it wrong. Thought he was deaf when he was really little, then just before we got his hearing tested, he started showing that he was hearing. Thought he might have autism because when he was a little older, he forcibly avoided eye contact with everyone, then he all of a sudden started really interacting.

So now it's really looking promising that he doesn't have apraxia after all, but is just deciding when and where he wants to talk. He's still delayed in his speech, of course, so we'll still be looking into some type of therapy to boost it, but it does look promising...
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October 15th, 2008, 06:19 PM
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Ok, so, um, yeah - the little guy decided all of a sudden today to start copying some things my husband said - dada, mama, no, even night night (well, na-na). Which is awesome, but it's the story of his life! Every time we are convinced something is wrong, he gives us a little suspense, and then proves it wrong. Thought he was deaf when he was really little, then just before we got his hearing tested, he started showing that he was hearing. Thought he might have autism because when he was a little older, he forcibly avoided eye contact with everyone, then he all of a sudden started really interacting.

So now it's really looking promising that he doesn't have apraxia after all, but is just deciding when and where he wants to talk. He's still delayed in his speech, of course, so we'll still be looking into some type of therapy to boost it, but it does look promising...[/b]
Ok, maybe we're being a bit too optimistic. It's still looking like he's finding it hard physically to make certain intentional sounds. From those of you with children with apraxia - I guess sometimes they can pick up some basic sounds or words, but can still have a problem? Does that sound like your little ones?
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October 16th, 2008, 06:22 AM
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Ok, so, um, yeah - the little guy decided all of a sudden today to start copying some things my husband said - dada, mama, no, even night night (well, na-na). Which is awesome, but it's the story of his life! Every time we are convinced something is wrong, he gives us a little suspense, and then proves it wrong. Thought he was deaf when he was really little, then just before we got his hearing tested, he started showing that he was hearing. Thought he might have autism because when he was a little older, he forcibly avoided eye contact with everyone, then he all of a sudden started really interacting.

So now it's really looking promising that he doesn't have apraxia after all, but is just deciding when and where he wants to talk. He's still delayed in his speech, of course, so we'll still be looking into some type of therapy to boost it, but it does look promising...[/b]
Ok, maybe we're being a bit too optimistic. It's still looking like he's finding it hard physically to make certain intentional sounds. From those of you with children with apraxia - I guess sometimes they can pick up some basic sounds or words, but can still have a problem? Does that sound like your little ones?
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My son does not have apraxia, just simply speech delayed...BUT this sounds just like my friends son who has apraxia...

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