I am so excited to share this with all of you and provide first-hand perspective of what life is like with a speech disorder, in particular with Developmental Apraxia of Speech.
For those who are unfamiliar, Apraxia is a neurological disorder that inhibits children from conducting proper motor skills. This can impact a child’s physical coordination and inhibit their ability to move their orofacial muscles; hence there is great difficulty in verbal communication.
However, this is a very black-and-white definition.
No dictionary nor website can properly define what Apraxia feels like for a stressed mother, a diagnosed child, or a struggling father. It is next to impossible to define the frustration of not hearing your child say “I Love You” or a child's anxiety when they must verbally communicate.
A dictionary definition cannot define this...But I hope that I can.
I hope to bring Apraxia to life for all readers who read this blog. I hope to enlighten, teach, and inspire the Apraxia community-whether it’s concerned parents, children, researchers, supportive members, or those trying to learn what Apraxia truly is and what it’s like. I hope to share my personal stories with Apraxia as well as those who were present during my journey. I hope through personal accounts that I can inspire and enlighten those who are struggling right now.
With a sincere heart, I welcome all.