It can be overwhelming the amount of medical jargon thrown around. Sensory Processing Disorder. Proprioceptive. Aspergers. Dyslexia. But what about Apraxia? An acquaintance of mine has a very smart SPD kiddo who also suffers from Apraxia. The child, who can comprehend what is being said, can’t utter a single word at the age of 6. He can’t form the mechanical logistics to speak.
When my younger son turned three, he understood everything we were saying perfectly, and yet, he wasn’t talking. We were worried he had Apraxia and started working with a speech therapist. It turns out that he was developmentally delayed in speech, but we’re still working on catching up with an SLP.
Here’s a terrific “Family Start Guide” from The Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America. It covers all of the basics about Apraxia, from understanding Apraxia to diagnosing and treating the disorder.