Forcing your child to “use your words”
For a child with apraxia it is not physically possible to speak. You cannot force them to talk. Withholding something the child wants, such as food, is not going to help them to speak. Your child needs your loving support to recover from apraxia. In fact too much pressure is only going to make things worse and affect their self esteem. There are other effective ways of communication to use until you child learns to talk, which I go over in Chapter 15 of my eBook “Apraxia Explained”. These methods are proven to not slow down learning to talk.
Listening to well meaning family and friends
We have heard them all before – “he will eventually talk”, “her sister talks for her”, “my son just started talking in full sentences one day”. Well those sayings may be true for some people, however for a child with apraxia that is not the case. A child with apraxia needs intensive intervention to correct speech. It is not something as simple as a late talking child.
Not scheduling regular conferences with speech therapists and teachers
It is important to be in regular contact with your child’s speech therapist, even just to find out what kind of day your child had. Also it is important to find out what your child is working on in class and if there are any homework assignments. Your child needs you to be their voice and advocate for them at school.
Not following through with speech therapy homework daily
Consistency is the key to recovery from apraxia. It is important to perform exercises daily. Try to make them fun for your child, and not a chore.
Not using every opportunity to practice speech
Using small moments throughout the day to practice speech can all up to big dividends. Again, this is not forcing your child to talk or drilling them with exercises. Some examples would be: if your child has some sounds, make up a silly song just using letter sounds, try to use animal sounds, nursery rhymes or any words your child can say. Nature is also a great teacher, point out objects to them. Talking to your child as much as possible, reading out loud to them and playing children’s music also helps greatly.
Expecting a visit to a medical doctor to cure your child’s speech
Medical doctors do not specialize in speech disorders, and some have very little knowledge of them. In fact, I found myself informing some of the doctors my daughter saw the details of apraxia. They should at least be screening your child’s speech at well child checkups. They can refer you to a speech therapist that can help you. There is no magic pill or simple fix. In the United States, medical doctors do not prescribe supplements and most will not endorse them because they have very little knowledge about nutritional support for the recovery of apraxia. Chapter 13 of my eBook tells the exact nutritional supplements your child needs.
Not doing everything possible to help your child
In addition to speech therapy there are many other proven and effective things you can do to help your child. Without proper intervention apraxia can be a lifelong speech impairment affecting all areas of your child’s life. In my eBook I go over many other things you can do to help your child recover and take years off of time spent in speech therapy.
Comparing your child to other kids
Comparing your child to others may seem like human instinct, but do not fall into that trap. Your friend’s child may be reading books and speaking two languages by age four and that is fine for them, but there is no need to compete. Your child is a unique individual who is doing the best that they can. They may take longer to meet their developmental milestones which is ok and still a cause for celebration when they do.
Not fully supporting self esteem
All children need to have their self esteem supported to grow up happy and healthy; however a child with a communication disorder needs additional help. They need your loving support in any attempt they make in communication. Praise and encourage their efforts to speak and not worry about the outcome. Encourage them by making praise sincere and specific.
Waiting too long to get help
A child diagnosed with apraxia will not “grow out of it”. They need intense treatment in order to recover from apraxia. It is very important to begin treatment as soon as possible. As a young child’s brain is still being hard wired it is easiest to correct the pattern of improper speech – the earlier you start the better.Research has shown early intervention is best for a full recovery from apraxia.
Your child deserves a normal life.
If you are frustrated with your child’s lack of progress, there is more you can do for them at home in addition to speech therapy to recover from apraxia. Get your copy of the most comprehensive resource written by a parent, for parents, by clicking the link below.
Disclaimer: The information in this report is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent apraxia or any other condition, disorder or disease. It is presented for educational purposes only. If you have questions about treat, please see a qualified health professional.