Overcoming Apraxia

Amy shares how her 3 1/2 year old son overcame Childhood Apraxia of Speech when many children are just receiving the diagnosis.

Today my son lost something.  It wasn’t a favorite toy or a tooth.  It was much more important than that. He lost the diagnosis of Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS).  He is 3 1/2 and until today has held a trio of diagnoses: Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  His speech therapist gave him a re-evaluation today and she proudly told me we’ve done it.  He can officially speak! His articulation and intelligibility is on par with typically developing children his same age. I am filled with emotion.  We don’t hear typically developing often! Continue reading “Overcoming Apraxia”

It Takes a Village: Get Your Hands Dirty and Build It From the Ground Up

Amy shares how important it is for families of special needs children to have a support system and offers practical tips on how to accomplish this.

Raising a child with developmental disabilities is often overwhelming for parents and they need all the help they can get.  I know.  I am one of them. Continue reading “It Takes a Village: Get Your Hands Dirty and Build It From the Ground Up”

An Apology Letter to My Former Students

Amy shares a letter she has written to her former special needs students sharing with them a heartfelt apology for not understanding how to reach their individual needs and her promise that going forward she will be an advocate for children like them.

Dear Former Students,

I am so sorry.  I didn’t understand that your little body needed to move and that it actually helped you learn.  When you kept getting out of your seat during a test and I took away your recess I didn’t realize what that did to you.  I took away something that you NEEDED to be successful.  Please forgive me.

I am so sorry. I didn’t understand that a side effect of your medication meant you weren’t hungry at lunch time, but by the afternoon you were starving.  No wonder you had difficulty concentrating.  I wish I would have let you have an afternoon snack.  Please forgive me. Continue reading “An Apology Letter to My Former Students”

What Parents of Children with Disabilities Wish You Knew

My 3 1/2 year old son, Barclay, has a trio of disabilities: Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

I am pretty outspoken with family and friends about how these disorders affect him and our family dynamics.  His success stems from the people in his life understanding how he functions in this world, not how this world expects him to function in it.  I try to educate them to not compare him to “kids his age” but rather accept where he is in his development.

I recently asked a group of moms, who have kids with special needs or know of kids with special needs, what are some important points they believe friends and family members need to know.

Continue reading “What Parents of Children with Disabilities Wish You Knew”

Their Stories

“Their Stories” is where we will celebrate the “Big Abilities” of children with developmental disabilities.

I’d love to feature YOUR child on Big Abilities!  Click the link below!

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A Trip to the Supermarket Can Be So Much More Than a Trip to the Supermarket!

Amy shares how she uses Supermarket trips with her son, Barclay, to target specific developmental goals.

IMG_9016A year ago, trips to the supermarket with my son, Barclay, were not pleasant. Barclay has a speech disorder, ADHD and ASD. It was sensory overload, for both of us!  He’d try to wriggle out of the cart, throw items from cart and grab things as we walked by aisles.  But part of the problem was also me.  I’d go to the supermarket when I needed to go rather than when would be a good time for him. I’d go with a list a mile long and be distracted hunting for things while expecting him to just be patient.  It didn’t work. Continue reading “A Trip to the Supermarket Can Be So Much More Than a Trip to the Supermarket!”

Using Sign Language to Help Move Your Child Along the Language Continuum

Amy shares how she used sign language to help bridge the gap in communication as her son learned to speak.

baby signing timeBarclay was diagnosed with a severe language delay at around 20 months and later more specifically a disorder called Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS).  He was in speech therapy, but progress was slow.  I started learning that sign language can help bridge the gap in communication skills for late talkers.  I found a program called Baby Signing Time by Rachel Coleman and we started using it with Barclay a few months before his second birthday. Continue reading “Using Sign Language to Help Move Your Child Along the Language Continuum”