Parents often ask "What is the most important thing I can do at home to help my child with verbal apraxia?"
The most helpful thing you can do at home is to make your child with verbal apraxia feel as good as possible about their speech and themselves. Accept whatever you child says and if it is right, you can praise him. If it is wrong, do not continually ask him to correct it. If you occasionally ask him to try to correct it, accept whatever comes out, and praise him for a good try.
Do not force him to “use your words”. Remember that a child with verbal apraxia does not have a consistent voluntary control over his speech and he may not be able to say a word correctly even though he wants to and he said it correctly yesterday or even ten minutes ago. To read the full article: Click here
Another important thing you need to do is make sure you have support for yourself in raising a child with special needs. Keeping up with therapy appointments and frustration in not being able to communicate with your child can add up. Family and friends often times do not understand your child's condition or what it is like to have a child that doesn't speak normally. Please visit: apraxia online support and join the discussion.
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. If you are organizing an apraxia walk in your area and would like to promote it in this newsletter, please email me by replying to this email and I can include it next month.
Thank you for reading and I wish you the best for a full recovery from apraxia! Kate