Help Please

by Kathy

My grandson, Sean, is going on 4 years old and has been attending the 3-5 programs for children. He is not autistic, but he has a limited vocabulary, and I believe he is an apraxia child. He speaks - but his own language - which we do not understand. He can say yes, no, all right (which comes out o righ), please (which comes out eese), go (which comes out dough), mama, dada. His SLP refuses to diagnose him apraxic, she says he does say some words and that means he has the ability. Is there anyone or anywhere that we can take Sean for an indepth work up. He has been in school for a year now. He does say a few more words, but the approach at the school is "Keep talking to him and eventually he'll talk back!" I told my daughter a year and a half ago that I believed Sean to be apraxic. Help, where do we go from here? He has been to UCONN for autistic testing, had hearing tests done, etc. No one seems to be able to tell us what is wrong with him.

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Dec 24, 2009
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Specialists to consider
by: Anonymous

I took my daughter to see David Hammer, SLP in Pittsburg, at their children's hospital. His specialty is apraxia. He is excellent! Another great SLP is Nancy Kauffman, who has a private center.

Dec 05, 2009
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Keep searching for answers!
by: Kate

My heart really goes out to you because your grandson sounds so similar to my daughter. When she was 3, she said about 30 partial words.

I have to disagree with your SLP, saying that because he says partial words he can't have apraxia - that is one of the classic signs of apraxia - dropping the beginning and ending of words. Does she have experience working with apraxic children?

When my daughter was diagnoised with apraxia we took her to the children's hospital that is about an hour away from us. If I were you, I would take him to a children's hospital or a place specializing in speech therapy to get an accurate diagnois and pay for that privately (insurance may cover the cost) Before taking him to a different SLP I would ask to speak to the therapist and ask questions such as "Do you have experience with apraxia?", if not, call someone else - (for more questions to ask see my article www.apraxiaspeaks.com/speech-therapy.html ) So basically , I would get out the phone book and call speech therapists until I found someone with experience with apraxia.

Your school's approach of "keep talking to him..." will not work for a child with apraxia, they need intensive speech therapy - the ideas I mention on the website of supplements and sound therapy can speed this along.

I wish you the best of luck in finding help for your grandson.


Dec 04, 2009
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Where to find help
by: Anonymous

Hi,

My son was attending speech therapy at Sounds Smart in Placentia and his SLP told me my son had Apraxia Childhood Disorder. It was hard to believe at first but I am currently trying to get as much help as possible. He will be attending group therapy at Yorba Linda District but I don't think that is the best for him.

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