As you know, Maya has been working very hard over the last couple years to improve her speech and overcome the challenges she faces with apraxia. My goals for her are to make her speech as intelligible as possible and give her confidence to share her thoughts and feelings with others.
Today, I spontaneously grabbed my phone and recorded her talking. She is entering a stage in her language development where her responses to questions are delayed. She is focused on conversations, however, she has difficulty immediately responding to a question. She needs a few seconds to process her thoughts and turn those thoughts into words.
Childhood Apraxia of Speech is a motor planning condition. Maya has trouble planning the movement of her mouth to form the words she is attempting to say, so she will have slower responses to questions and conversation. She needs time to think about what she is trying to say and as her vocabulary grows, she may need more time to think and respond to questions she is being asked.
I have posted two videos on this blog. In the videos you can literally see Maya thinking as she is holding a conversation with me. Her eyes look off to the side as she thinks about our conversation. More importantly these two videos show Maya’s progression. She sings a song, tells a story, holds a conversation and a majority of her language is intelligible. I am so proud of how far she has come.
SIDE NOTE: I love this graphic, I came across it a few years ago. It’s focus is on Halloween and Trick or Treat, however, its message can be applied to everyday life. The key words in this picture: BE NICE. BE PATIENT