Walk for Apraxia 2018

This month our family participated in OUR LOCAL 2018 Walk for Apraxia in honor of our son, Eli. 

Our little family had a great time at the Walk for Apraxia! The weather was amazing, the park was beautiful, and we had fun just being outside together. Being around other families that know and understand Apraxia was unique, because most people have never even heard the word. It felt good to be a part of something that brought awareness to an unknown, and to be accepted just as we are.

As the day came to a close and I reflected on the walk, there were three big things that I took away from the event… Continue reading

Apraxia’s Impact on Our Family

Apraxia has made a major impact on our family. Today I am going to share how.

Apraxia, also known as Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS), is a neurological motor speech disorder that has affected our son, Eli. Apraxia makes it difficult for Eli to make the oral movements required to speak appropriately. The difficulty begins in his brain, and the transmission of nerve signals to his muscles are either interrupted, or don’t travel smoothly. Apraxia of Speech affects expressive language–which means that affected children can hear and understand language, but have a hard time expressing themselves. The child certainly has thoughts and opinions, but the process to get those ideas out is extremely difficult. You can compare it with having their mouth taped shut.

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What is Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)?

In honor of Sensory Awareness month, today I am sharing about Sensory Processing Disorder!

All of us process sensory information coming to us through what we see, hear, smell, taste, touch and where our body is in relation to things around us. Our sensory system organizes these sensations through our nerves and brain and then helps us to respond appropriately through our actions and behavior. When those signals don’t get organized or processed well, then the sensory system causes dysfunction–Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD).

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Pre-K Curriculum 2018-2019

Today, I am sharing our curriculum choices for the 2018-2019 school year. The following are plans for Pre-K for my Five year old son.

I want you to know in advance that the following curriculum choices may not fit your typically developing preschooler or five year old. My five year old has special needs, is nonverbal, and is cognitively and developmentally delayed–functioning at around a three year old level at best in many areas. Continue reading