Showing posts from May, 2021

Seeing Past A Disorder

Looking back on my most influential supporters and connections during my Apraxia Journey; teachers, friends, extended family members, etc.  Those most important to me all had something in common.  They were able to see me for the individual I wanted and aspired to be; not for the disorder that I had.  Some of my best friends, even from elementary school, are still my best friends today. Why? The way they look and treated me as a non-verbal child is the same way they treat me now as an overly-opinionated adult.  Some of my favorite teachers from second grade, middle school, to high school are forever my favorite teachers because these educators continued to communicate with me in the same fashion they communicated to my 'typical' peers.  By treating me the same and treating me as equals to those, technically, more 'intelligent' than me simply made me feel more comfortable in pursuing my dreams and goals.  I didn't feel like a lesser student or a lesser person because

Self-Esteem & Apraxia

Speech Therapy is the most effective way of treating Apraxia of Speech. Speech Therapy teaches a child how to properly speak and move the necessary muscles to properly communicate.  However, Speech Therapy does not teach the art of communicating, the finesse of how to speak confidently, or how to be sociable. Once speech therapy is completed, it simply signifies that a person can articulate properly. Perhaps their lisp or 'accent' has been substantially remedied to the extent it's not even noticeable. Speech therapy is no easy feat. It is hard, expensive, and grueling especially on top of other day-to-day tasks.  Being able to speak, because of Speech Therapy,  establishes confidence, self-esteem, and the capability of presenting oneself.  But these are simply roots for future, unlimited growth.  As many of you know, I never graduated from Speech Therapy. I decided to withdraw at the young age of 16 and never looked back.  At 27 years old, I still have a perpetual 'acce