I just entered a question regarding my 2 year old and his beloved pacifier (click here to read it and the helpful response from one reader). And if we didn't have enough to deal with already, our speech therapist told us last night that she thought he had speech apraxia. Basically, his brain isn't, for some reason, able to tell his mouth how to make certain sounds. He is saying all kinds of words, but isn't able to reproduce some certain sounds. When she asks him to repeat a word, it comes out as something totally different. According to her he is in for years of speech therapy before the problem could be corrected.
Has anyone else's child had this? If so, what was your experience? I could sure use some reassurance on this one.The SPD Help Line Answers...
I want to let you know that I do not have as much experience on the speech apraxia issues, but I did check with a friend who is a Speech Pathologist, just so I could understand more. This is her response to my specific questions I asked her about the diagnosis, the age of diagnosis, and therapy involved with it...
"Regarding the current question: It IS possible to diagnose apraxia of speech early and
typically the therapy time is longer than your traditional 'articulation' issues, so I would tend to agree with the therapist that has been working with him. The good news is, he has begun services at an early age which is always, always helpful. Another SLP I work with suggested the following websites as good resources (as with all websites there are some that agree with the theories and others that don't, but they at least give some good info about apraxia and possible therapy approaches etc.):"
www.apraxia-kids.org and www.kidspeech.com.
So... Brandi, I checked them out. They look like they will be very useful to you! www.Apraxia-Kids.org has a newsletter, an online support group, resources and gobs of information for you. The second link, www.kidspeech.com has some great information about therapies and specialized treatment methods that may give you some good information. They also have information on related sensory integration/sensory processing issues and therapies as well.
It may be helpful to access some of these above resources!
But, of course, NOW, the plea to our visitors... as Brandi asked... Has anyone else's child had speech apraxia? If so, what was your experience? I could sure use some reassurance on this one.
Can anyone help? Comments are welcome below!
I hope you find the answers and support you are looking for.