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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Georgia Proclaims May 14th, 2013 the First Childhood Apraxia of Speech Awareness Day

When I heard that there was going to be a NATIONAL Childhood Apraxia of Speech Day,
I knew that we had to have it proclaimed in our state, too. 
I reached out to several lawmakers in Georgia and
thankfully Rep. Amy A. Carter answered the call.  
A resolution declared that  May 14, 2013 would be known as
Childhood Apraxia of Speech Awareness Day
for the first time ever.
If you don't know what CAS is, please read this post.

I can't think of a better way to end Better Hearing and Speech month. 
Thank you Rep. Carter for always lending an ear, as well as a hand
and for being a voice for those children who haven't found their own voice yet. 
Additional posts about Apraxia and Apraxia Awareness can be found at http://www.maggieandluke.blogspot.com/2013/05/celebrating-luke-on-apraxia-awareness.html
Luke and his private SLP, Allison Keeler of More Than Words
Pediatric Rite Care Clinic on the 1st CAS Awareness Day,
May 14, 2013. 

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Chit Chat

I have said it before and I will say it again.


If we had not found Nancy Kaufman and Kaufman Children's Center, Luke would have not been diagnosed with Childhood Apraxia of Speech until 3 years old (or later) even though CAS was suspected by an SLP during an evaluation by Babies Can't Wait (Georgia's Early Intervention) when Luke was 18 months old.

ASHA (American Speech and Hearing Association) suggests that SLPs wait until after the age of 3 to diagnose CAS, so most SLPs won't.

But Nancy Kaufman isn't most SLPs.

She. Is. The. Best.
THE Childhood Apraxia of Speech Queen.
I even made her a plate that says it.

Although she was a
little hesitant to display it, concerned that parents would think she was self proclaiming it....I am proud that it is still in her office. Almost 2 and a half years after we presented it to her ;)

This week marked a year since we had been to the KCC for intensive therapy.

On Monday, April 28, 2013 Luke opened the doors of the KCC (for what would be our 6th trip since 2010) and even though he had just gotten out of his mouth that he was going to tell Nancy thank you.......in true Luke fashion, he announced "I don't need to see Nancy Kaufman. I can talk now."

I wasn't sure how Nancy would take his news, but she didn't miss a beat.

She agreed that he didn't need her anymore and she was beaming with a real maternal pride. Tears filled her eyes and mine as we watched Luke, the now 4 and a half year old, chattering away.

After catching up, talking about our therapy schedule and the week's goals....Nancy went to work her magic on more children.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

The Cat and the Hat Returns

Dr. Seuss' birthday was the perfect excuse for me to pull out "The Cat in the Hat" costume and visit Luke's preschool.