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Day 9 of Apraxia Awareness-Sweet Treats Day

Cinnamon rolls, cookies, and baked treats are the first thing to come to mind.

But, these treats don't necessarily relate well to Apraxia. They do provide a rather tasty escape though. Frankly, my go-to sweet treat was McDonald's Vanilla Ice Cream after Summer School Days and Speech Therapy sessions. It always gave me something to look forward to!

Anyways, I don't think my eating habits are truly a 'bloggable' subject. But the other metaphorical, sweet treat of 'patience' is.

I love this quote from Aristotle, "Patience is bitter, but it's rewards are sweet."

Who could deny this on the Apraxia Journey? It's constant patience and praying that it will just "be fixed."

That the process of your child finding their rightful voice will ultimately quickly be resolved.

I mean, let's face it. No parenting book told you that you'd have to be patient for this. It was all supposed to just 'naturally happen.' They'd walk at this age, speak at this age, and be able to play sports at this age.

Then something like Apraxia and it's related disorders comes in and seems to shatter all of this.

Apraxia arrives like the unwelcome Mother-In-Law, yet as much as you want to confront it then and there...

You can't.

You patiently wait. You patiently support your child. You may ponder if you're doing enough, but you know there's nothing else you can do.

Then, and I promise, all of your patience slowly and surely pays off.

Your child acquires small amounts of words and before you know it, they're in High School-socializing with friends, getting decent grades, and their whole journey made them their own individual and made you into a parent you never thought you'd have to be.

Perhaps, patience isn't the sweet treat. But it ultimately leads to one.

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