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24 Years and 24 Pieces of Advice

Today is my 24th Birthday! I am one of those people that gets SUPER into my birthday; it doesn't matter how much older I seem to get-celebrating a birthday is a whole month ordeal. You could only imagine how annoying it is. But in honor of my 24th birthday, I wanted to provide 24 Pieces of Advice for your Apraxia Journeys, for both parents and children alike:

1. Enjoy the non-Apraxia moments

2. Apraxia is a diagnosis, it is not the only characteristic of a child

3. Speech therapy is a pain to drive to and to pay for, but for your child it's their biggest homework assignment and biggest task going on in their young life

4. The best of friends are those that don't see Apraxia

5. Family: You may not be able to pick them, but you can teach them (or at least try to open their eyes)

6. Bullies will always exist

7. Apraxia allows you to find the good eggs and the bad eggs

8. The greatest revenge against the doubters is being successful and working twice as hard, despite the setba…

Kindergarten & Apraxia- It's The Best of Times and The Worst of Times

Apraxia and Kindergarten- where do I possibly begin? Well, given that this was like 19 years ago, I can shed some light as to what I know and recall.

According to the past reports, my kindergarten day was split 80% 'Special-Education' and 20% 'Typical Classroom.' At the time I had no idea that my day was split like this, to be frank I could never tell a difference between 'special' and 'typical.' For the most part, I only noticed that my class sizes would change between subjects. So in the subjects I struggled with, such as speaking and physical education, I'd be in a smaller class with 3-5 students. For other subjects I was alright with, mainly Reading, Coloring, Recess and Lunch, I would be with a larger group of kids.

My delays were described as the following:

Inteligibility: 10%-20%Physical Coordination: Less than 20%. I was clumsy; whenever I jumped I'd flail my arms above. When I'd walk or run, I would not alternate Arm and Leg, so it w…

When is Enough, Enough?

To get back in the swing of writing, what better way then to answer direct questions from readers?

I got the following request from Marne:

I have a conundrum with my 12 year old maybe you could give insight into. My guys apraxia affect his fine motor skills badly. He has the writing of a kindergarten/ first grader. I've gotten tech in place and accommodations in place so it doesn't affect school but he still gets OT for handwriting. I don't want to give up on hand writing and I don't want to make him continue therapy that is pointless. I'm afraid that he will want to quit just because it's too hard. When did YOU know it was time to stop an intervention? Did YOU ever reach a point where you said 'enough, this is what it is and I'm ok with that'?

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Being 12 is hard. Just by itself, it's a hard and annoying age. No one I personally know says, "If I can go back in…