Book Review: Speaking of Apraxia

Book Review: Speaking of Apraxia

Many parents appreciate books and resources from people who “have been there.” Finally, there is a book dedicated to the diagnosis of apraxia just for parents, written by R.N. and B.S.N. Leslie A. Lindsay, who also happens to be a parent of a child with apraxia.

Speaking of Apraxia, published by Woodbine House, is meant for the “non-academic” audience, and it is over 380 pages filled with information for parents and caregivers. The book covers diagnosis, treatment, coping as a family, fun activities to do at home, and it provides insights from therapists and parents.

Childhood apraxia of speech, or CAS, is a motor speech disorder in which children have difficulty saying sounds, syllables, and words. It is a brain disorder, which means certain areas of the brain do not function properly — this condition affects areas of the brain dedicated to motor planning for the lips, jaw, and tongue and necessary movements for speech. While the child knows what he wants to say, the brain has difficulty coordinating the movements necessary to make words.

Lindsay’s book covers how to recognize CAS and distinguish it from other diagnoses, and she reveals how to work with speech-language pathologists (SLPs) and how to get appropriate early intervention, treatment, and support. Speaking of Apraxia is the first-ever book dedicated to apraxia of speech written for parents.

The book begins with an overview of CAS, where to get help, and which questions to ask your SLP, which is followed by advice for coping with the diagnosis and information about speech therapy. The book offers advice on complementary and alternative treatments, and how you can get your child ready for school. Speaking of Apraxia details the ins and outs of special education, and explains phonological awareness and reading issues. The book also includes resources and a list of speech-language milestones.

While it is meant for parents, Speaking of Apraxia is an ideal resource for SLPs and other professionals, and it is a great resource for these professionals to recommend to parents and caregivers.

You can purchase Speaking of Apraxia in bookstores and online retailers. Visit Lindsay’s Facebook and “Like” the Speaking of Apraxia page.

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