My older son has a neurological speech disorder called apraxia of speech. My younger son has a diagnosis of autism that includes a speech delay and articulation issues as well. When I wasn't running my boys to a million therapies every week (or so it felt) I was devouring every resource I could on how to help my boys with their speech, their development, their health. I've compiled a few of my favorite resources that I found most helpful for helping your child with apraxia. I hope you find a resource (or several!) that will help you with your own apraxia journey.
Apraxia-Kids Official Support Group. First of all, if you haven't checked out the Apraxia-Kids website you need to. It has lots of helpful info for apraxia families. And they have a fantastic Facebook group that is very supportive–a place where you can learn from each other, ask your questions, be encouraged, and feel like you're not alone on this journey.
SLP Mommy of Apraxia. As the name implies, Laura shares her journey of parenting a beautiful daughter with apraxia, dyspraxia and dyslexia as a speech therapist with tons of encouraging support and helpful info.
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This is an absolutely fabulous resource written by a mother of a child with apraxia and full of great information and excellent resources to check out. This is the most thorough and informative resource I have found all in one place about apraxia, speech therapy tips, alternative therapies, navigating school and insurance, and other tips for helping your child.
This is an encouraging read to help you not feel so alone in the apraxia journey. Kathy Hennesy writes about raising not one, but two children with apraxia and Kate adds in stories of her own perspective and experiences of growing up with apraxia. I enjoyed this read and gave a copy to both sets of grandparents to help them better understand apraxia and our journey, and they enjoyed reading it as well.
If you are new to an apraxia diagnosis and/or are so overwhelmed with what to do to help your child, then this book is a great resource. Stephanie Buckwalter has over a decades' worth of research compiled into one book to help you know everything you need to know about life with apraxia, speech therapy, insurance, therapists, etc.
Our whole family loves this book! Typical dragons breathe fire, but every time Crispin tries to breathe fire, something else comes out instead–bandaids, marshmallows, beach balls, etc. This book is great for parents and children who need the reminder that not everyone is the same, but we all are special and have gifts.
If you're looking for children's books that are repetitive and great for children with apraxia to read, check out this awesome list by SLP Mommy of Apraxia.
Such an inspirational read, about a mother whose child was diagnosed with low functioning autism and the school her son attended, was unable to help her son. She decided to homeschool him and focus on his strengths and interests–giving him lots of opportunities to pursue what interested him and it helped break him out of his shell and to extraordinary heights. Highly recommend this read!
This book alternates with a fascinating chapter of Nathan's perspective growing up, dealing with his various diagnoses, and what he remembers about his parents' support growing up, and then a chapter from his mother Sally's perspective. The themes woven throughout is a faith-based encouragement to love and nurture the child God gave you, and the love this mother and child had for each other despite the challenges.
This book is filled with faith-based encouragement to encourage special needs mothers in their faith and special needs journey. I share my own personal stories of parenting a child with apraxia and another with autism as well as plenty of biblical truths and encouragement.
This book has tons of interesting information about diet and nutrition. There is an entire chapter about proper nutrition and supplementation for children with speech delays and apraxia and the use of fish oil supplementation for helping children with apraxia and ADHD. Fish oil did wonders for our boys and this book gives the hows and whys of fish oil supplementation for children with focus and speech issues.
These cards are expensive not gonna lie, but they're not just flashcards, it's an entire program to help your child produce more and more complex speech. The program was very helpful for both of my boys to get them started saying sounds and then combining them into words and then phrases. I paired the cards with a fun game or activity and my boys never complained about using these. My older son had the privilege of working with Nancy Kaufman herself for a two-week summer session and it's incredible to see how something as simple as a set of cards can provide you with the confidence and your child with the foundation to build their speech and language skills.
This workout book starts with getting your child to say easy syllables, and then increases the "workouts" into more complex exercises, combining sounds into words, and then basic phrases, complete sentences, and even retelling stories. I personally found this very helpful for both my boys and a lot cheaper than the Kaufman cards if you wanted to order this book on its own and use it to practice and build up speech skills.
For the beginning of each school year, this is a fabulous resource to give your child's teacher, telling the new teacher about your child's apraxia and areas that may be affected by their apraxia.
If you're on Pinterest, I highly recommend you check out and follow my Apraxia | Speech and Language board full of apraxia-related resources, tips, and encouragement.
And if you're a Christian apraxia parent, check out my related post: Encouraging Scriptures For When Your Child Has A Speech Delay.
I'd love to know your thoughts in the comment section below. What resources have you found most helpful? Or which ones are you excited to check out now?