The diagnosis of apraxia can cause anxiety for many parents. Fear of the unknown and unanswered questions such as “will my child ever talk?”, “will they be able to lead a normal life?” or “is anything else wrong with my child’s brain?”
It is important to keep your worries at bay so you can support your child in the best possible way. No one may be able to answer those questions for you, as each child is unique in there journey with apraxia.
To help deal with anxiety, if possible seek out a support group in your area. There may not be one just for apraxia, but there are often support groups for parents of differently abled children. Remember to take things one day at a time, your child will not recover overnight. Research and learn as much as possible and seek out ways to help your child at home. If you are feeling overwhelmed do not be afraid to seek professional help for yourself and discuss your concerns with your medical doctor.
In school-aged children with apraxia, they can sometimes show signs of social anxiety. Having difficulty communicating can make things harder at school for some kids and they may become self conscious of their speech.
If possible arrange playdates for your child so they can play one on one with someone to develop better friendships. Talk to your child’s teacher about what difficulties they are having socially and see if they can help. Encourage extra curricular activities to help them socialize.
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