34 month old diagnosed with Apraxia

I have a 3 year old (Feb 2009) Who was just diagnosed with Apraxia. I have had her in the program early intervention and I was seeing no progress at all. She would say only 1 words and it was only about 30. She was getting so frustrated and so was her father and I. I decided to take her for a second opinion and it was then that the speech therapist said she beleived my daughter had speech apraxia. I had no idea what to even say or ask. I have never heard of this and I have 3 other children and my first daughter was talking at 15 months and Aubree is my second daughter and was not talking except 1 words. I now have an 19 month old who will repeat what I say but Aubree says it differant to her so she says it the same way AUbree does. I am so frustrated at this point I do not want my 19 month old to start delaying in speech. Aubree is in speech 2x a week. She will be going to pre-school in the fall but I am afraid to put her there because I have no idea how the other kids will treat her. I try to buy differant activities for Aubree to try and get her to express her words more but I am seeing no progress. I really would just like to hear from any other parent who is experiencing this because I feel so lost and sad for my little girl.



Thank You
Danielle

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Jun 11, 2009
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good experience
by: Gina

Hello...I so get it. My 5 year old has was diagnosed ag age 3 1/2 with apraxia and also on the autism spectrum. After First Steps he has been attending a developmental delay preschool associated with the school system. In addition to this he has spent the last 1.5 years in a daycare with"typical" kids and it has been wonderful. I feel that the combination of the 2 different programs , with the different structures has enriched his world. Also, the "typical" kids at daycare have loved learning some sign language and have an appreciation of what my son is going through. He did not feel so isolated by the exposure to both environments.

Jan 26, 2009
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Son with apraxia
by: Anonymous

My son who is 4, was diagnosed with apraxia this past September. He had already been attending speech therapy since he was 2 years old but did not have a diagnosis.
I understand your frustration and concern. I was also very concerned to send my son to junior kindergarten in Sept. for the same reasons that you were. I was so worried that he would be teased by classmates because they could not understand him. It was a tough decision, but we decided to send him and it was the best decision we could of made. The kids in his class were so accepting of him. Our therapist told us that was the best thing we could of done for him. He needed to be around kids his age to pick up on their speech and to learn how to interact with them. He loves school!
His progress report was pretty good. His struggles were holding a pencil properly and not speaking in complete sentences. But before he started school, I met with his teacher and gave her information on apraxia so she could read it and understand more about my son. It isn't easy, but I'm hopeful. It's nice being able to read that others are also going through the struggles that I am and their success stories.

Jan 23, 2009
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Feeling the same way
by: Jessica

I have 3 boys. 8yrs-4yrs and 3 months. My 8yr old is fine with his speech it's my 4 yr. old. It's hard now that I have a new baby cause I'm affraid that Logan is going to pick up on Austin's habits. Because of Austin being over the age of 3 he is in the school program for speech therapy 3x a week and only for 30 min. They say it's because of there attention span is short when they have apraxia. He was just diagnosed right before Christmas. He was going to therapy before this but they just figured out what was wrong. Anyway he will be starting a HeadStart program in the Fall and they have therapy sessions for 3-4 hours a day. But if both parents are working you can get them in all day long. You might want to look into that to see if there is one in your area. I have also been giving Austin Omega-3 with DHA Gummie Vitamins 2x a day for the past month and lately I have seen a improvement in his attention and speech. He has said 4 new words in the past month.

Jan 22, 2009
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ProEFA
by: Jana

Hi, i understand. Start giving her 1/2 tsp. of ProEFA from Nordic Naturals. There's a link on the website. Definately get her into a program for speech delays in preschool. Ask your speech therapist for resources. Hang in there-

Jan 22, 2009
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Keep trying!
by: Kate

Hi Danielle -
Thank you for your submission. I understand the confusion and frustration you feel. It is a day to day struggle when you have a child that can't express themselves.
Your daughter is going to preschool, a scary event for any parent, letting your baby go. Have you checked at all with your local school district if they have a program for speech and language delayed children? She would then be placed with children with simaler problems - and possibly allow you to meet other parents in your area.
Best of luck to you and your daughter for a full recovery!

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