At last, a parents’ guide to understanding, treating, and living with childhood apraxia of speech (CAS)!
Written in an empathic style by a parent who “has been there”, Speaking of Apraxia offers hope and practical advice for parents of toddlers to teens with this neurologically-based motor speech disorder.
Parents and professionals will appreciate the author’s clear explanations of everything from diagnosing CAS and working with speech-language pathologists (SLPs), to understanding how to distinguish it from other speech disorders, and getting appropriate early intervention and special education support.
“The resources in this book are endless. I have only touched the surface of all that Leslie offers. She breaks down this complex disorder into understandable, manageable sections. I have found myself referring to it constantly for ideas, supports for parents, and overall perspective. Her writing style is easy to read, informative, realistic, and organized. She provides a wealth of knowledge for parents and professionals.”
Drawing on the latest research, professionals’ insights, her own and other parents’ experience, the author covers these important topics:
I: The Straight Scoop on Speech Basics — CAS definition; An Overview of Speech & Language; Where to Get Help and What to Ask; Your First Appointment with an SLP
II: Now What?! — Getting, Coping with and Understanding the Diagnosis; Health & Genetics; All about Speech Therapy
III: Helping Your Child — Complementary and Alternative Medical and Treatment Approaches (Diet, Music, Movement Therapy and More)
IV: Off to School — Getting Ready; Special Education Ins & Outs; Phonological Awareness; Reading Issues
V: Coping & Hoping — Dealing with Emotions and Family Life; What the Future May Hold; Networking, Support Groups, and Advocacy
Appendices: Information on insurance, summer camps and enrichment programs, speech-language milestones, and a glossary of terms
Speaking of Apraxia is a comprehensive and authoritative resource any family, SLP, occupational therapist, or pediatric practice will be glad to own or recommend.
“Speaking of Apraxia is a thorough step-by-step guide and a fabulous resource for parents of children with apraxia. It combines information culled from hundreds of books and websites in one clearly organized and easy-to-navigate volume. It is the one book every parent dealing with this difficult and challenging motor speech disorder should own.”
Section One: Tell Me More–The Straight Scoop on Speech Basics
- Chapter 1: Does My Child Have Childhood Apraxia of Speech?
- Chapter 2: An Introduction to Speech, Language, and Listening
- Chapter 3: When You Suspect Childhood Apraxia of Speech: Where to Go and What to Ask
- Chapter 4: At the Speech Clinic: Your First Appointment with a Speech-Language Pathologist
Section Two: Now What?!
- Chapter 5: Getting the Apraxia Diagnosis: Initial Reactions
- Chapter 6: So What Caused All of This?! Theories and Medical Diagnoses Related to CAS
- Chapter 7: All About Speech Therapy: An Introduction to Theories & Methods Best Suited for Kids with Apraxia
Section Three: Helping Your Child
- Chapter 8: Fish Oil, Diet, Horses, Music, and More: Complementary and Alternative Medical (CAM) Approaches to Childhood Apraxia of Speech
- Chapter 9: What You Can Do at Home: Tapping into Your Inner Speech-Language Pathologist
- Chapter 10: An Eye for Design: Creating a Language-Rich Environment at Home & Encouraging Sound Sleep
Section Four: Off to School
- Chapter 11: Off to School: Preparing Your Child (and Yourself!)
- Chapter 12: Phonological Awareness: Learning to Read and Reading to Learn
Section Five: Coping & Hoping
- Chapter 13: CAS Affects Us All: Coping as a Family
- Chapter 14: I Am More Than CAS: Tending to Your Child’s Feelings
- Chapter 15: Resolving Apraxia: Where Do We Go from Here?
- Chapter 16: Shaking Your Groove Thing: Networking, Advocating and Resources
- Appendix A: A Guide to the Most-Asked-About Conditions in Relation to CAS
- Appendix B: Health Insurance
- Appendix C: Summer Speech Camps and Enrichment Programs
- Appendix D: Speech & Language Milestones
- Appendix E: Research on Reading Difficulties and Speech & Language Disorders
- Appendix F: Glossary
“Speaking of Apraxia is filled with just about every aspect that needs to be covered when taking on the beast of Apraxia of Speech. I do believe that mothers and fathers that are just finding themselves on this journey will be able to immerse themselves in this guide. They will find help for their children, themselves and their families with this handbook.”
Speaking of Apraxia is:
- 450 pages
- Appropriate for SLPs and parents
About Leslie Lindsay
Excerpt from Leslie’s blog, Speaking of Apraxia:
Hi I’m Leslie. I live in suburban Chicago with my husband and two little girls, Kate and Kelly. From my early days as a teenage babysitter to my job as a Child and Adolescent Psych R.N. at the Mayo Clinic, educating, supporting, and enriching kids’ lives – and their parents’ – has been a passion of mine. A lot of my ideas come from some of the treatment and education groups that I used to lead. I attended the University of Missouri-Columbia where I was a Cum Laude graduate of the Sinclair School of Nursing (BSN) with a minor in psychology.
After years of research, writing, and trying to get a publisher – I finally did. I was compelled to write this book because I couldn’t find a book about childhood apraxia of speech (CAS) when my daughter was diagnosed. Speaking of Apraxia: A Parent’s Guide to Understanding and Coping with Childhood Apraxia of Speech covers everything you ever wanted to know about CAS.
“This 488 page comprehensive, hands-on guide covers every topic related to apraxia, helping parents navigate their way through finding the best program and resources to help their child with CAS. This will be my go-to guide to share with parents going forth.”