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June 17, 2011 | Laura | Comments 4

“Teach Me To Talk with Laura and Kate”

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  1. Laura, I just wanted to give a belated THANK YOU for having not one podcast, but a whole series, directed towards play skills. You certainly answered my original question about that and then some! Thanks! You and Kate are so amazing in that you really respond to our concerns. Thanks again–I’m already using what I learned from the podcasts in my practice everyday!

  2. Thanks Sam! We loved the play podcast series and have gotten great reviews from therapists and parents. We enjoy doing the show and always get a kick out of hearing from listeners! Laura

  3. I have a question. What are the benefits of group therapy for an apraxic toddler?

    We went through the early intervention program screening and my son qualified for a half-day speech preschool program. The teacher is a speech pathologist and does the therapy as a group. My son seems happy there and I’m glad he has a wonderful time.

    But several parents on various speech message boards mentioned that there’s more progress with 1/1 therapy for a child with apraxia. The problem is we can’t afford it at this time. We try as much as we can to work with him when he comes home. The most we got out of him so far is cookie, Mama and ball. It’s extremely hard to get him to finish out his words. He’s 3 1/2 years old.

  4. Hi Barbara. Group therapy may be all that your system can offer him, so that’s what he got! The experts do recommend 1:1 treatment for children with apraxia since the errors can be so specific and since direct feedback is needed. Talk with the SLP to ask about adding individual therapy. You’ll likely need to change his IEP to add services, but that’s okay too. If the school system can’t/won’t provide individual services, then you may need find a way to provide that individual therapy with a therapist in private practice or at a clinic. Talk with the school first though and see what options you might have. You’ll have to push and push to make it happen, but it sounds like he’s significantly behind, and you’ll want to do as much for him as you can now rather than waiting. How much are you able to do with him at home? Have you taken a look at my Apraxia DVD for ways you can work with him on your own? Even though he definitely needs therapy from a qualified SLP, you can make a HUGE difference in working with him yourself too. Hopefully your SLP has made recommendations for you, and the DVD will certainly give you some new ideas. Good luck to you all - Laura

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