Speech disorder needs a special treatment

Wednesday will be the second annual Apraxia Awareness Day. This is a day to raise awareness about Childhood Apraxia of Speech. Apraxia is a neurological speech disability where the brain is unable to tell the mouth what to do in order to speak. A child with Apraxia has no issues understanding language but cannot always answer a question as simple as "how are you?"

Apraxia requires extensive speech therapy multiple times a week by a speech therapist who is familiar with the treatment, which differs from other speech disability treatments. Finding proper therapies is often difficult.

My oldest son has Apraxia. He is six and has been in speech therapy since age two. I had never heard of Apraxia until my son was diagnosed. Whenever I tell people what he has, I often get asked what that is. My son has made huge growth with his speech but he still is often hard to understand.

He is a very smart, hard-working child and I know we have been very lucky to have found great speech pathologists, a great school, and understanding people in our lives.

Please show support for children with Apraxia by wearing blue on May 14. Visit Apraxia at Apraxia-KIDS.org.

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