Mother of Tabitha, age 6
From the moment Tabitha was born I have been her strongest advocate. In the early years, I was her voice when she couldn’t find hers. I knew she was capable of speaking when therapists thought she was just being stubborn. I sought out a speech therapist who could properly diagnose her after a lot of therapy without progress.
When childhood apraxia of speech was mentioned, I consumed every piece of information on apraxia. To be certain, I sought out experts in the field to confirm the diagnosis, and then follow, their recommendations. Obtaining speech therapy 4 to 5 times a week wasn’t an easy task, but I wouldn’t accept less from her private speech therapist and school therapists. After intensive therapy, and a lot of hard work, Tabitha has found her voice!
Over the years my role as advocate has shifted. My new role is to educate everyone we encounter about apraxia and how hard my daughter works. I enjoy telling every therapist and doctor how apraxia has impacted my daughter and our family in hopes that they will recognize early symptoms of apraxia.
My personal motto about apraxia is a quote by Nelson Mandela:
“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”