Mother of a 4 year old just diagnosed w/ apraxia

by Jessica Bush
(Fort Wainwright, Alaska)

Hi, have a 4 year old little girl who was just diagnosed w/ apraxia. I guess I can say that I am a little relieved to have an answer to some of my questions and hope of a recovery. She say's a/b 20-30 words but only a few are understandable by a stranger.

My husband is in the Army and we are stationed in Alaska so unfortunately we don't have very many resourses here to go to. We are on the waiting list for private speech (she has had an eval) but she is receiving speech two times a week through her school. I am interested in looking into the LIFT program but don't want to get my hopes up and am worried about spending a lot of money on something that's not going to work. We just recently got the diagnoses and I want to do everything we can for her and get started ASAP. I want her to live a normal, happy life and want to do all I can to help her. I would love to hear any suggestions that we can do that might help her. She's my little princess and I just want her to have a normal life and be the best she can be. Thank you so much for your time.
Jessica Bush

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Dec 24, 2009
Finding a balance
by: Marianne

Remember, 70-90% of the MOST SEVERE cases have full recovery, so chances are, your daughter will make it. The way I look at it, is that the next 2-3 years will be intense in order to get my daughter where she needs to be. The most important thing in all of this is that our kids have confidence. Not that they speak as soon as possible, but that they are happy, well-adjusted individuals. They will eventually speak, but if we break their spirits on the way, we are worst off the we ever were. Achieving the right balance is key. Structuring your week to allow for 3-5 sessions of practice (including the therapy session), 1-2 mediated play dates, and participating in a loved hobby (like swimming), has been successful for us. And yes, the Listening Program, Fish oil, minor diet changes, and the Astronaut Protocol, have been helpful.

Mar 09, 2009
supplements help!
by: Anonymous

I would start with getting her on a good quality fish oil supplement, such as Nordic Naturals. It's hard to add in too many new things all at once and keep going on them. You are lucky you have a diagnois, that is half the battle, take your time & do research - chances are good since she was caught early for a full recovery.

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