Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Guest Post by Kim Grace-Brezniak
Let's take a minute and talk about what I see as the gifts of Apraxia~
1) I have an incredibly ingenious child who is able to communicate his needs to me without saying an... intelligible word.
2) I have a patient and resilient child who works hard for every single sound he makes and who is sooooo proud when he produces an intelligible word.
3) I have a child with an extraordinarily bright mind who has shown me without words that he has a fantastic receptive language vocabulary and knows his alphabet, shapes and colors at 2.5.
4) I have one of the sweetest, kindest boys you will ever meet who substitutes high fives for hello and kisses for I'm sorry.
5) I have had the honor of spending literally thousands of hours with my child reading books, practicing sounds and just being present.
There are so many more! I am like you and want to control everything including outcomes.
I am coming to realize that we are in a marathon not a sprint and that different is not always "not as good."
I am finally starting to move away from the fears (Will he ever talk? Will he have friends? Will he have a job, a girlfriend? A normal life?) and into the acceptance.
My child has a serious language disorder and we are doing everything humanly possible to help him through.
Just my opinion :) KGB
Thanks so much for allowing others to have a glimpse of what this thing called Apraxia means to us. You get the Loud Mommy award for the week~Love you bunches!