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Here you will find success stories and articles written by parents of children with apraxia; inspirational poems; and first person accounts.

  • We Are Not Defined By Our Struggles

    By
    Alyson Taylor

    What follows is a long, emotional post. Around a year ago, I graduated from a great school, Emory University, on the same week as Apraxia Awareness Day, and I just happened to have worn a blue dress. I was diagnosed with apraxia when I was around 4 years old, back in the nineties. There was very […]

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  • A Mother’s Poem

    By
    Stephanie Spear

    I open my mouth…  I try my best…. But what is words to me… Is babble to the rest… They turn their heads and look away… Many just don’t know what to say… I’m that “special” kid that’s different from the rest…. But… What they don’t know is that I’m trying my best… I’ve tried […]

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  • When Apraxia Is Just Part of the Whole Picture

    By
    Colleen Yinger

    I must admit it didn’t look very encouraging. Kimberly was approaching five and couldn’t speak, except for a sound resembling “yeah” meaning “yes”. Sure, she had a lot of issues due to a rare genetic disorder – some degree of retardation, used a walker, and wore glasses and hearing aids. But when the school SLP […]

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  • Two Special Children, Many Choices, a Family Essay

    By
    Kathy Hennessy

    Choice . . . When I was I a teenager I thought the big choice in life was, “Should I cut my hair or let it grow?”. The first real choice in my life was where I would go to college? I made my choice, cut my hair and headed off to the future. I […]

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  • Transition Problems … for MOM!

    By
    Chris Haynes

    Well, it has happened. After spending nine years at the same school, my son is now going to middle school. He is doing so well but I’m going through transition problems. It was in October of 1991 that Patrick started preschool in a special education preschool in our district. It was right across the hallway […]

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  • Teach Me to Talk Help Me To Learn

    By
    Donna Williams, SLP

    Please be patient with me. Sometimes I need to speak slowly so people can understand me. Please don’t finish sentences for me. I know what I want to say. It just may take me a while. Don’t answer for me when others speak to me. I want the chance to say it myself. Please look […]

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  • Spencer’s Fight

    By
    Beth Goidel

    Two years ago, I never imagined myself writing an essay like this. Two years ago, my son, my beautiful, sweet Spencer was “officially” diagnosed as having severe verbal apraxia. Two years ago, I felt like I had been knocked down and didn’t ever think I could or would get back up. But, here I am, […]

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  • Speech for First Apraxia Parent Conference

    By
    Elizabeth Beu

    Hi, my name is Elizabeth Beu. I guess if I had to explain my life to you, I would say that it has had a little bit of everything in it. On the other hand, people that really dont know me as well would think that I am happy all the time because I smile […]

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  • Pushing for Success, a Family Essay

    By
    Myra, Matthew's mom

    I think it is safe to say that most of us have and continue to feel sorry for our children who have difficulties in so many areas. I remember watching my son as children his age surpassed him in everything, wondering if it was possible for him to ever catch up. My biggest concern was […]

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  • Overcoming the Odds: An Account of Growing Up With Childhood Apraxia of Speech

    By
    Kate Hennessy

    [Note: This essay was selected as the winner of the 2007 August Wilson Essay Contest, in Pittsburgh, PA. Seventeen year old Kate Hennessy was recognized at a banquet of the August Wilson Center on Friday, May 18, 2007 and received an award of $1,000.00]   One Microphone: $250. A Wooden Podium: $300. Speaking for the first […]

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