Your child can hardly talk – how are they ever going to be able to learn to read?
With time and dedication it is possible for a child with apraxia of speech to learn to read and keep up with their grade level. It is important to work with your child’s teacher and advocate for your child if they are struggling to get them extra help in the classroom.
As busy parents, especially with a special needs child, time for reading often gets lost during the day. It is so important to begin reading to your child at a young age. Leading experts recommend at least 20 minutes a day. We read to our daughter 40 minutes a day. I read to her before nap time and my husband read to her before bed. Reading to our children has been a rewarding experience to both us and them. It has instilled a real love for books in them.
Reading improves vocabulary, memory skills and speech skills. Using books with rhyming text has been useful. Simple activities to encourage speech can be done at that time, such as reading “the cat in the ___” and having your child say “hat”. Sturdy board books with pictures to identify helps your child learn new vocabulary words and to consistently practice naming familiar objects.
75% of apraxic children also have dyslexia. Many of the therapies used to treat apraxia, such as sound therapy and fish oil supplements have a positive affect on dyslexia. During kindergarten we worked with our daughter at home in addition to school to teach her to read. She was still struggling with pronouncing some of the letter sounds and had an initial problem with letter reversals. She is reading above her grade level.
It was such a rewarding experience teaching her. It may sound like an overwhelming task, but with good instructions and the programs they have today it is manageable.
This essential guide written by a parent of a child with Apraxia shares in the journey of frustration and hopelessness to a full recovery from apraxia. Includes advice on finding the right speech therapist, diet changes, exercises and more. Also includes a bonus eBook, "Building Language through Play" which has advice on having fun with your child while building language skills. This is an ebook, available for instant download to your computer.