Why Early Intervention?

Why Early Intervention when he’s just a late talker? “We now know the earlier the intervention, the better the brain can reorganize.” Today, parents are generally told to look for signs of delay early, even in a baby’s first year, and seek help. No one should assume that a silent 2-year-old is a budding genius; silence may be a sign of hearing loss or… Read More

Help Little Tadgh

A Mom’s Cry For Help For Her Son Most of us sit at our computers, on our phones, on our tablets, with our normal functioning fingers, hands, arms, elbows, shoulders and knees; tapping our functioning feet; sipping, chewing, swallowing whatever we want, never thinking twice about our chromosomal make-up. For almost-3-year-old Tadgh Magee of Dublin, Ireland, none of this is his norm. His life… Read More

Late Talker Handout

  Is Your Child A Late Talker? · Are they quiet? · Seem shy? · Not talking like their peers? · Allow you or siblings to speak for them? · Do you wonder why? Your baby’s babbling and toddlers first words can be music to your ears. When faced with a child who doesn’t speak or seems to have difficulty with words parents are… Read More

Normal Language Milestones – Clues of a Possible Problem

Is Your Child A Late Talker? · Are they quiet? · Seem shy? · Not talking like their peers? · Allow you or siblings to speak for them? · Do you wonder why? Your baby’s babbling and toddlers first words can be music to your ears. When faced with a child who doesn’t speak or seems to have difficulty with words parents are often… Read More

The Differences Between Apraxia and Aphasia

Reprinted with permission from the Augusta Free Press, article by Chris DeWald http://augustafreepress.com/2009/09/22/chris-dewald-aphasia-and-apraxia-the-same-but-different/ Chris DeWald | Aphasia and apraxia: The same, but different September 22, 2009 Trying to decipher and also remembering the difference is close to knowing all the whos in Whoville. Yeah, I bet everyone remembers Cindy Lou Who. I have always thought that the speech therapist told me I had aphasia,… Read More

What is Limb Apraxia?

by Moira Kowalczyk, Pediatric Occupational Therapist (OT) Many children with verbal apraxia do NOT have limb apraxia, but it’s always important to have a knowledgeable professional diagnose your child. “Overall apraxia” is often referred to as “limb apraxia,” referring to the arms and legs. Like verbal apraxia, it has a number of names. It is also referred to as “motor planning” deficits, global apraxia/dyspraxia,… Read More

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Parent Friendly Signs of Verbal Apraxia

See also: A Reason to Know the Signs of Oral Apraxia … from a parent Written By Lisa Geng in 2000 My son Tanner was diagnosed with both severe oral as well as verbal apraxia, but each child is different, and some may not go through all the signs that Tanner had, with his severity, and/or some children may have other aspects. Here are… Read More

A Reason to Know the Signs of Oral Apraxia

By Lisa Geng, a parent of two (beautiful) late talkers, (one with apraxia) Founder and President of two nonprofits for children with communication impairments, Children’s Apraxia Network, and the Cherab Foundation , Co-Founder of Speechville.com, and Co-Author of The Late Talker book I just received an email from a parent who has a child that is about 18 months old, is nonverbal, and was… Read More

Quotes that May Help With Insurance Submissions For Apraxia

Below are some quotes and links that might help with the insurance submissions. If you receive a denial, hang in there — it’s common. Get the insurance company’s reasons for the denial and refute the reasons one by one. Insurance companies’ representatives (like so many others) don’t always know what apraxia is and leap to make presumptions that it’s something it’s not. Insurance Letter… Read More

Possible Oral Apraxia or Oral Motor Warning Signs

There are two types of oral motor problems. Oral Apraxia is a disorder where the child, who typically is a “late talker” is unable to coordinate and/or initiate movement of their jaw, lips and tongue (articulators) on command. An Oral Motor Disorder, which could be a different oral motor problem than apraxia (could be from weakness/dysarthria for example) is the second type, in which… Read More