- Picture Cards (aka: Kaufman Cards)
- Puppy Pages (aka: Protocol Workout Book)
- Bob Cards (aka: PROMPT Smartcards for Kids)
- The Debbie Book (aka: an interactive story her SLP gave us for home practice).
Isabelle wanted to do the puppy pages first. Of course she did! Who could resist the cute dogs in the book?
But the thing is, the work she had to do wasn’t so easy. She had to name actions using nouns, verbs, and objects. She had to combine different levels of bisyllabics, polysyllabics, and final consonant words. The workout book reminds parents (or SLPs) not to stress about proper grammar yet. As a writer, I initially wanted to stress about this, but I’ve come to realize it’s more important for my child to be able to move her mouth, tongue, and jaw in a variety of ways so she can put together simple sentences.
I recorded Isabelle using my iPhone’s voice memo app this morning. I did it so I could play back what she said… so she could hear herself. Once she went down for a nap this afternoon, I uploaded the files to SoundCloud because I want to share with others, like you, dear reader, how hard my little one is working. Children with Apraxia don’t have words rolling off of their tongues like kids without Apraxia. It’s HARD work for them. And boy did she have a speech workout this morning! Take a listen:
I’m sharing the next sound file since it includes her frustration towards the end of it. I know some things are so tricky for my daughter to say, but yet she perseveres in the face of something that’s really tricky. (Granted, it sometimes takes a lot of encouragement from the cheering section — me — but it’s worth it in the end!) Apraxia isn’t always pretty or perfect. And that’s okay. Because my daughter has a growth mindset, which is allowing her to make progress with her talking, which will ultimately help her in other aspects of her life.