We are busy getting ready to go back to school as I am sure many of you are too. It's fun to see my kids excited for learning and we have enjoyed shopping for school supplies too. I do remember though when my daughter was 3 and basically non-verbal, the feeling of dread I had sending her off to the special needs preschool she attended. I am so grateful for the online support I have now and welcome you to share it too.

I also want to add - do not be afraid to ask your school for the special services your child needs, they are required by law to provide speech therapy at no cost to you.

Also in going back to school, there is a wonderful book that has been written, "My Brother is Very Special" by Amy May that explains verbal apraxia to children. It would be a great book for your child to take to school to share with the teacher and classmates to understand your child's condition. For more information: Apraxia Books

I want to follow up on last month's newsletter as I had many questions on the article: New Research for Apraxia . Many people were wondering where to go for a nutritional work up for their child. A traditional medical doctor generally does not prescribe supplements or perform these types of tests, and may discourage you from trying them. If you have a DAN (Defeat Autism Now)doctor in your area, they would be able to help you, also some chiropractors do nutritional testing. We took our daughter to a naturopathic doctor (ND) who was very helpful. Just depending on the resources available where you live you should be able to find someone to test your child nutritionally.

Coming up this fall, on Saturday, October 24th is the Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN walk for Apraxia Awareness. It will be a great time to meet other parents and walk to raise money for apraxia research. If you do not live in the area, you can still sponsor a walker or make a donation online. Learn more about the walk.

Thank you for reading and I wish you the best for a full recovery from apraxia! Kate

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