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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.

  • 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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  • Oh Those Insensitive Comments

    By
    Chris Haynes

    Children are universal. Everyone has been a child. Everyone knows a child… and even if they have not had their own children – everyone feels compelled to offer advice about kids. It may take a “Village” to raise a child, but for those of us with kids that are outside the norm we sometimes wish […]

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  • My Quiet Boy: My Journey from Practitioner to Parent to Advocate

    By
    Robin McMillan

    This article is by Robin McMillan, CASANA’s 2010 Canadian Parent Advocate of the Year, and appeared in the Fall 2010 Magazine Interaction, a publication of the Canadian Child Care Federation (Volume 24, Number 2, Fall 2010). In this heartfelt article, Robin, an early childhood educator (Senior Consultant for the Canadian Child Care Federation) and shares […]

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  • Hunter’s Victory

    By
    Kristi P.

    Every year in our county each student learns a poem to recite in front of their class. Hunter chose “But First” by Kathy Kenney-Marshall. The last day of school before the holiday break they announced 2 winners from each class. Knowing that Hunter had stiff competition in his class alone, I didn’t want to get […]

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  • Experiencing Apraxia Personally and Reliving it With Your Child

    My Personal Experience with Apraxia

    By
    Devona Alexander

    Your child has been diagnosed with apraxia. Perhaps others family, friends, complete strangers have already realized that there is something different about the way your child communicates, and it makes you angry, upset, or mad insert your own descriptive language here! Amongst the many questions weighing on your mind that nobody can provide any answers […]

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  • Ella, the Master Communicator

    By
    Don Munro

    A few minutes spent in the present moment with Ella is all you need to know what she’s trying to say. This child is silent and sweet. She’s 2 years old, and has an angelic and rosy face with kind, brown eyes framed by tight curls. Ella has been diagnosed with Developmental Apraxia, a neurological […]

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  • Being in the Doghouse, A Family Essay

    Essay From a Concerned Grandma

    Recently, there was a post from an interested family member on the Apraxia-Kids listserv expressing their concern about sharing with a child’s parent the issues they were noticing in that child. This concerned family member was seeking advice and was very worried about how this advice would be received. I could relate to that. Telling […]

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  • Apraxia’s Silent Star

    By
    Sue Pascale

    You live in a world of silence, Yet have so much to say. You always tell us stories explaining your entire day. Many do not understand when their questions go unanswered, They do not realize speech has yet to be mastered. Days at the park are tough when you want to ask them to play, […]

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  • A Poem

    By
    Mindy Wagner, mother of Garrett, diagnosed with suspected apraxia of speech

    All of the expectations Still loom in the back of my mind Remembering the day that they told me That he was more than a little behind He looks at me with great beauty And an always glistening eye As if he knows theres a problem And he is looking and asking “why?” All of […]

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  • A Mother’s Day Reflection

    By
    Karen Peikert

    I lead worship music in my church, so as always, my family was in the front row yesterday so I could join them when I got done singing. I remember the years when Kyle, my 8 year old apraxic sweetheart, had such a hard time understanding why I was ‘up front’ and he was not. […]

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