I hope this edition of Apraxia Speaks finds you doing well. I have made a few updates to the website I wanted to share with you.
I have improved the success stories page, you can now add a picture of your child to the website! If you are interested in seeing the new page or adding in your success story, please check it out here: Success Stories
Here is part of a success story from Brie, please click on Success Stories above to read the whole story.
Hello, My son is almost 3 and he was diagnosed with Apraxia at age 2, after months of testing. His pediatrician kept delaying referral to a speech therapist, telling me "he's probably just a late talker". We found speech therapy on our own and he began at age 1, at that time he was saying NO WORDS. He didn't even say "mama" until he was almost 2.
We also worked with him at home, and I found some articles on the Web regarding Fish Oil and Omega 3,6 and 9 helping children with apraxia, dyslexia (which frequently goes along with the apraxia diagnosis) so I began the supplements at home. After researching and speaking with a Pediatric Pharmacist, I found a brand at CVS that has the highest amount of Omega 3, 6 and 9. It's the CVS brand of Fish oil, and I give my son 7-10 a day. They are gelcaps and I prick them with a sharp knife and squeeze the oil out, then suck it up in a syringe, or medicine dropper. He takes it with no problem, and I usually give him a treat afterward, a gummy candy or something for being such a "big boy" and taking his medicine. He doesn't seem to mind the taste, and we have seen AMAZING RESULTS!! He is now saying 5, 6 or more words together in a SENTENCE. I have to give credit to his speech therapists as well, I don't mean to take anything away from them. But after we began the Fish Oil, he began to say so many new words, and the words he could already say became much clearer than before. The pills are a little expensive, around $9 a bottle, and one bottle lasts him a week and a half, but I am so glad my little boy is able to express himself!
You may be wondering if your child with apraxia will ever be toilet trained? To read the full article, please click here: Toilet Training
Thank you for reading and I wish you the best for a full recovery from apraxia! Kate