Showing posts from June, 2017

A Great Bubble Escape

You're standing in this clear, liquid bubble. You walk around seeing others talking about the new Wonder Woman movie and the cool new toy. You even see your parents asking you what you want for dinner. You see life going on around you. Now what happens when you try to talk through this bubble. Sounds different, doesn't it? Muffled almost. You're trying to talk through a liquid ball for goodness sake. This is Apraxia. Physically and emotionally, you are stuck in a bubble. With frustration, you yell and talk loudly through this muffling bubble, but those around you misunderstand and even claim that "You talk funny." Internally frustrated, you assure yourself, I'm saying everything correctly! These people don't get it! With this mindset, you're further isolated in this bubble. You don't have connections to the people on the outside because you clearly can't talk to them. You don't play with them. You are your o

Child First, Speech Therapy Attendee Second

Your child finished their speech therapy session. You walk to the car with them, holding their hand, and ask them questions about the just-completed session. You've seen their last status report, their last intelligibility percentage; and let's face it-you wish that you just knew if the next report will state that your child is perfect and no longer needs speech therapy. Or at least some sense of improvement? Given your curiosity and desperation for improvement, you ask your child, "How was that session?" or "What did you do today?" Hoping for some insight, even if it's just as simple as a smile or a head nod. Now, looking back on these moments, when was the last time you left a speech therapy session and asked the child their feelings about it? Not about what the session was like, nor what they did, but their actual feelings or sentiments. Such as, "Were you happy at speech therapy today?" If you are deeply thinking about this