Childhood Apraxia of Speech

Update

As another Apraxia Awareness Day approaches, I thought it was only necessary to update you on the kids progress.  In this post, I’m going to update you on Maya’s progress.

Both kids continue to work hard at therapy.  Maya has entered the world of occupational therapy.  Once a week she takes aquatic therapy to help her overcome some anxieties she has been experiencing.  Over the past few months, Maya has been having “meltdowns,” not temper tantrums, but full blown meltdowns.  The meltdowns are rare, but when they do happen, the meltdowns tend to hinder her day.  She has trouble calming herself down.  Through occupational therapy, I’ve learned techniques to help calm Maya and get her back to her usual self.

The meltdowns tend to occur when she is overstimulated, and I have noticed a correlation between too much time on the iPad and not enough activity.  (Maya doesn’t know this, but mommy has hidden the iPad.)  She also has meltdowns when she is very anxious.  If she is unsure of something or unsure of her ability to do something, Maya becomes very anxious.  Maya’s OT has given me some coping mechanisms to help her overcome her anxieties and thankfully, the techniques are working.

Maya’s speech has significantly improved.  She still has trouble with some words and talking in complete sentences.  She tends to mix up her/she he/him and she will omit words from her sentences (is, are). One of her favorite sentences is, “I not know.”

Even though she still has errors in her language, I feel confident that she will love kindergarten.  She loves making friends, playing sports and going to school.  She loves art and visiting family.  She loves to learn and write letters to her friends.  She truly does not let her limitations define her.  She works through her challenges and she loves to play and have fun.

Here is a recent picture of Maya.  She was super excited to be the line leader at school!

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Here is a video of Maya playing soccer! She comes alive when playing sports.  She absolutely loves to play any sport. (Maya is wearing blue socks, yellow shirt, and has a long pony tail.)

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Childhood Apraxia of Speech

Mr. Calvin

I’ll come right out and say it, CJ was diagnosed with “Suspected Childhood Apraxia of Speech.” (The term “suspected” is used because CJ is under 2 years old. He is almost 22 months.)

As CJ’s mommy I use the term “suspected” very loosely.  A mother knows her child. Watching CJ attempting to communicate is like watching Maya all over again.  He struggles to communicate his thoughts into words.  He has very limited vocabulary. The words he does say are not spoken clearly and are missing syllables. He cleverly has developed his own “CJ Language.” I know he will has a speech condition.

I’m not sure why both of my kids have issues with speech.  All I know is, Kevin and I need to keep moving forward, ensuring both kids receive the love and care they need.

Fortunately for CJ, he has access to phenomenal speech therapists. We are utilizing Maya’s therapists for his treatment.  Maya has a wonderful team of therapists that support and love her.  She has had such tremendous growth over the past year because of her therapists.  When we noticed CJ’s speech was not progressing, we made arrangements to have his speech evaluated.  He has now started speech therapy with two excellent SLPs.

A couple of times a week, CJ attends speech therapy.  He recently began to receive services from Early Intervention and he visits a private speech therapist.  Even though he is young, he has already began to show interests in his therapy sessions.  I am anxious to see how quickly his language development progresses over time.

I’m going to share a video of CJ at 18 months old.  In the video you will notice minimal mimicking of language.

 

 

 

 

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