any hope of getting over apraxia,if so how long?

by Susan
(Missouri)

A little background...I have 3 almost 4 year old who was diagnosed officially over a year ago. He also has autism. He has been getting speech therapy for 18+ months. We are very lucky. He had started with First Steps and then when he turned three he started attending our school district's preschool. What's great about the school is that they have a special needs program and it's free for those with special needs. There he has speech and language therapies numerous times a week among others for his autistic behaviors.

My question to everyone is does anyone have a child that has overcome his or her apraxia? I know that they can always have some speech issues the rest of their life but can you and others understand like a "normal" child. My son blabbers all the time. He has certain sounds for certain things but only myself, my husband and my mother are able to figure those out. Every once in awhile he will come out with a word or sentence but won't be able to repeat it (typical apraxia). But I am just looking for a shred of hope that he is going to get past this. So far I have not come across any success stories. Even with his autistic behaviors they thought they might be able to intergrate him by kindergarten but with his speech not progressing we are not sure that will happen.
Any thoughts would greatly be appreciated.
Thanks

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Feb 24, 2009
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by: jana

I just went to www.generationrescue.org and it's amazing. I found a DAN doctor that works with apraxic kids who we will be seeing. Apraxia and autism affect the same part of the brain so it's not surprising that the doctors who treat autism know useful therapies for apraxia. This has been so helpful! THANK YOU!

Feb 22, 2009
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Recovery From Apraxia
by: Anonymous

YES! Recovery is possible. My son is almost four years old, and was diagnosed very early (verbal and oral apraxia). I am a teacher, and I've had apraxic children in my classroom in the past, so I was aware of the early signs of apraxia. We, of course, use speech therapy, but the most important issues that we've addressed have been the underlying medical issues that result in 'apraxia'. We use biomedical interventions, and they work!! See.....www.generationrescue.org.

My son is completely verbal, now, and he speaks in complete sentences. He has articulation errors, but his diagnosis is being downgraded to phonological disorder.

Not too shabby for a little guy that had no tongue movement, whatsoever, and real words until after 2.6 years old.....Once we started fish oils and biomed, it all came together for him.


Feb 04, 2009
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by: Kate

Thank you Susan for your contribution. Waiting is the hardest for moms. If you ask your speech therapist "how long?", you most likely will get the standard answer "every child is different". When my daughter turned 4 she hardly spoke at all, but then went through a period of rapid progress and now at 7 is very understandable. Just take things day by day, keep searching for what will work for your child and keep your hope focused on the best possible outcome.

Feb 04, 2009
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HOW LONG?
by: JANA

My understanding is that they can "recover" from apraxia but no one ever says how long it will take. It's so frustrating. I just saw on Oprah that Jenny McCarthy has a new book and I know that she has tons of information on autism and stuff. It might be worth checking out-google it! I wish I knew how long it would take too. It makes it hard on us moms. I think it's easier to stop trying to figure out why this happened and how to fix it fast. Just hang in there and do what your instincts tell you to do.

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