I’m learning to speak, please don’t mind me while I eat
We recently saw an article about a family who was asked to leave a restaurant when their child with Apraxia made a nearby patron uncomfortable with his attempts at speech.
That had us thinking… We previously created an information card to hand out while Trick-Or-Treating at Halloween. It’s obvious that parents need similar information cards doing day-to-day activities.
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ABC 13 – WSET news story: Family with a child that has apraxia asked to leave Outback Restaurant due to noises. Note to Outback Steakhouse, perhaps send out a memo to your staff that if a customer complains about a special needs child, offer to move that customer and explain the situation to the customer. This is far more compassionate than asking a family with a special needs child to leave which is embarrassing and stressful for a family already with so much on their plate (pardon the pun). When my son was little his only words were “mmm” and “ma” I heard rude comments like “what’s wrong with him?” and why I have pages of responses such as https://pursuitofresearch.org/2016/07/14/whats-wrong-with-him/ but was never asked to leave a restaurant. In an episode of What Would You Do? about autism the child actor who played the part of someone with autism was making noises and unlike this child with apraxia was moving around the restaurant and yet he was the actor defended by the other restaurant diners from the actor who played the part of the uncompassionate diner who wanted the special needs child to leave the restaurant. Perhaps show this to your staff? https://youtu.be/dgwYukPReKw Also if you are looking for an apraxia organization to donate to, like this article states, please consider the Cherab Foundation. We’d be happy to work together with you on this. Perhaps organize an apraxia night? https://cherabfoundation.org/