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They're Not Dumb, They Just Don't Talk Well

I'm going to let you in on a little secret, the child diagnosed with Apraxia is aware. Perhaps more aware than others. When you can't talk, you have more time on your hands to analyze and size up those and things around you.

Scary, right? But it's true.

I was quickly aware, at the latest 2nd grade, that speech therapists utilized board games and toys to hide the fact that we were doing speaking drills, I was aware that Special Ed was for the slow people, I was aware that others were far smarter than me.  I even knew in Kindergarten that I rode in the short yellow bus with my smaller class because the large bus was for 'normal' kids.

I suppose when you have very little to say, you have more time to look at what's around you.

For example, I vaguely recall my first consultation at CSUN, California State University Northridge, where I would attend speech therapy for many years to come. Even before I knew the word 'Apraxia,' even before I knew the fact that …

Q&A

I recently held a Live Video Q&A session on Facebook where I answered questions regarding Apraxia that only a first-hand perspective could provide. It was my first Live Video, my first Q&A over social media, and it was just a fun, first experience!

Hoping to host these more in the future,now that I'm more comfortable with the technology, but we will see! I'm beyond humbled and blessed that I have this opportunity to join others' journeys as they combat Apraxia. Thanks all! <3

Friendships & Apraxia

If you’re ever in a jam, here I am If you’re ever in a mess, S-O-S
If you ever feel so happy, you land in jail; I’m your bail. It’s friendship, friendship, just a perfect blendship. When other friendships have been forgot, Ours will still be hot. -I Love Lucy

Often, people ask how I made childhood friends given Apraxia. To be frank though, do you even know how you made friends in school?

I'm sure you know where you met your close friends, like in a classroom, on the playground, or on a sports team. But the question of how extends beyond the physical location.

I can actually identify how I met most of my childhood friends. My Aunt and Mom knew I needed more socialization, hence they started a Girl Scout Troop when I was in 2nd grade where I could spend time with others in a setting they could supervise.

I remained friends with most of the girls throughout Elementary School and College. Girl Scouts honestly is how I made friends and where I learned to interact with others. The confidenc…