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My son might have apraxia. His speech teacher told me she thinks he might have it. I have been looking online for a few hours and I am a bit worried and scared. I that my son just had a slight delay and with some treatment he would catch up. This looks like this is going to effect him for a long time. He is 2 1/2 and has been in therapy for about 4 months twice a week. He has greatly improved. He went from about 5 words to i think around 40 but they are all short simple words. After all the reading I have done I wonder if he needs therapy more offten? I wonder what type of preschool I want him in? I wonder if he really even has it. I read the stuff about it and it seems like he might have it but I dont want to believe it. Uggg Well I am Alicia Mom of 4 boys. oldest is my stepson. so it goes 5-3-2-almost 1. its my 2 year old ethan that is having the delay. Anyone with children with apraxia?
Hi welcome to the board! I think apraxia is misdiagnosed alot. Apraxia deals with speech motor programming issues and when children present with a lot of sound errors, some speech therapists automatically call them apraxic. It's a difficult one. However, regardless of the diagnoses, the speech therapy is helping so that's what's most important.
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Welcome! We have an unofficial diagnosis of apraxia. The SLP working with Sean through EI said she is confident that's what he has, but we haven't seen a private SLP yet for an official diagnosis. He is 3 and in special ed preschool and receives speech therapy every week, and his teacher works with him everyday. He's been in therapy for about 10 months (weekly therapy for 6 mo) and he's making progress, although slow. Even after all this time, he still only has about 10-15 words, and many of them are really word approximations. He has a really hard time coordinating the sounds and his mouth.
Thanks ladies for the responses. The slp that sees my son said she was ordering a book on it.. so my guess is she might not know alot about it. Today I looked into the local college to see there type of program to get extra therapy. next month we do the school district meeting. I really dont want my kids going to school in this district but i guess for now he will get his therapy from them. I am unsure myself if he has it or not. I guess time will tell and maybe with a new slp after he is three we will get her/his input.
Our speech therapist thought our 2-year old likely has apraxia as well, because as she puts it, he's showing "all the classic signs of apraxia" - tension in the face and straining whenever he's trying to mimic a sound (and assymetrical mouth movements when he's trying), replacing letter sounds with others even though he's already been able to make the correct sound before, etc etc. He cried with his mouth closed until he was 9 months old, and even now his preferred mode of communication is talking with his mouth completely closed (so more of an animated "humming").
Unfortunately based on what our insurance will cover, we will probably only be able to afford seeing her once per month, but I'm hoping during those visits she can give us some good exercises to do with him so that he can still progress.