Every few days or so, I read through recent comments posted throughout the blog and attempt to address the questions that have been raised by our readers. One of the most pressing issues that is frequently raised by parents reading the blog is apraxia.
When I review the questions and concerns asked by parents, I can hear the intense concern and worry in their messages. It seems as though most of these parents have taken steps to secure early intervention services for their child and may even be paying for some private therapy; however most feel that what their child is receiving is simply not enough. They are concerned that progress is not fast enough and time is slipping away. These fears are legitimate and widespread.
Back in January of this year I interviewed Sharon Gretz, MEd. She is the founder and current executive director of the Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA). She also is the parent of a child diagnosed with apraxia of speech.
Our interview occurred over 2 posts published on January 27th and January 30th 2009. In this interview we discussed in detail many topics including the following information:
- Sharon's personal story regarding her son and his diagnosis of severe apraxia at age 3
- The "multi-sensory" techniques that worked for her son, as well as the additional and numerous strategies that were implemented into his dynamic therapy plan.
- Advice for parents hearing the "apraxia" diagnosis for the first time: where to turn, where to begin.
- The wonderful resources the CASANA Web site offers families and therapists.
If you are a parent whose child has either received the "apraxia" diagnosis or you suspect that this may be what is underlying your child's speech delay, please refer back to my two-part interview with Sharon Gretz, MEd from January, 2009 and her information which can be found at the CASANA Web site.
Also please USE the interview to help guide discussions you may need to have with both parents and therapists. The interview was designed to act as an informational resource for therapists treating apraxia and parents who have children diagnosed with the disorder.