Getting Started with Speech Therapy for Apraxia
Therapy can be effective, but it is a lengthy and intensive process. Absolutely continue with speech therapy, the information at this website is not intended to replace treatment with a competent speech and language pathologist.
To begin with you need to see a speech and language therapist to get an accurate diagnosis of verbal apraxia and a treatment plan. You will need a referral from your child’s medical doctor for insurance to cover these services. You will also need to check with your insurance if there is only a certain speech therapist available to you and how many visits they will cover.
WHAT YOU NEED TO ASK BEFORE SPEECH THERAPY CAN BEGIN
When choosing a therapist do not be afraid to ask questions before you began. In Chapter 7 of my eBook "Apraxia Explained", I will tell you the questions you need to ask before speech therapy can begin and hopefully you can avoid an experience like we had.
Speech therapy is a very important cornerstone to your child’s improvement. One of the first private (not through the school district) speech therapists my daughter saw was not a positive experience. Unfortunately I did not have the knowledge or experience to know that she was not a good therapist.
To begin with she had no warmth or enthusiasm for her work. She did not consistly build on what she did the session before. One day we worked on the “K” sound, the next the “F” sound. Some days she played music, others she read books. The only toys she used were dirty, old ones her children no longer played with.
After two months of taking my daughter there three days a week, the therapist actually ended speech therapy, because she was not making any progress, and felt we should come back when she was older. I was initially shocked, thinking that if she’s not progressing, she should do more therapy, however that turned out to be a good thing as we sought therapy elsewhere. Her next speech therapist was absolutely amazing and worked very well with her.
For a full recovery for your child it is essential you find a good speech therapist that works well with you and your child.
Where do you find speech therapy?
If you suspect a problem, where do you go to find a speech therapist? Ask your child's doctor to recommend one. If your child is over age three contact your local school district. Schools are required to provide speech therapy, find out your school's policy on getting a referral. Your child will have an
You can still choose to have additonal private therapy even if you get services from the school district.
I am not a speech therapist, if you have further questions a certified speech-language pathologist offers advice for parents with questions about speech-language development.
Ask a Speech and Language Pathologist