We are not talking about taking a slight frontal /s/ distortion and making it sound perfect. We are talking about kids who have little to no means of communication. They have extreme difficulty expressing their wants and needs. Such limited verbal communication can cause a chain reaction of so many other negative factors. It can negatively affect their ability to get help, express desires, express problems, build relationships, read, write, learn, and so much more. I love to help get them on the right track to communicating so that these other areas will not become delayed as well.
2. Kids with Apraxia are SMART
Kids with apraxia usually know what they want to say – they just don’t know how to get the words out. They absorb their surroundings. They understand language, directions, and expressions from others but they have difficulty producing their own. I love getting to know my apraxic kids and seeing their humor, their intellect, and their little amazing personalities.
3. Kids with Apraxia make HUGE progress
I have seen many severely apraxic kids go from completely non-verbal to extremely effective verbal communicators. Besides chocolate – progress of an apraxic client is the most addicting thing to me. I love it. Professionally it is what makes me live and breathe. I love seeing my apraxic clients find their voice and use it to show others who they are.
4. Kids with Apraxia are COURAGEOUS
Just writing that sentence brings tears to my eyes because it is so true. I have seen scared, timid, frustrated kids let me into their world. By the time they come to me they have usually realized that they fail when trying to communicate. But for some reason – they are willing to keep trying. I have seen these kids try and fail and try and fail and try again until they see the smallest level of success. And this alone can keep them trying some more. These kids have to work so hard at what the rest of us take for granted. I am positive that my apraxic kids have taught me more than I have taught them – about facing fears, working hard, and not giving up.