To begin with your child’s speech should be screened at their well child check ups by their doctor. You should definitely voice your concerns to the doctor. They will then refer you to a speech therapist for a full evaluation. It is important to have a doctor’s referral in order for insurance to pay for the evaluation. It is also important to check with your insurance company that the speech therapist is covered by your insurance. Most states have an early intervention or age 0 – 3 program that your child may qualify for free services depending on age and abilities.
A speech therapist will work with your doctor and possibly other professionals to determine a diagnosis of apraxia. There are many other causes of speech delays, that is why it is important to have an expert give their professional opinion to determine the best possible treatment.
Speech therapy is the main form of treatment for apraxia of speech. It is essential for a full recovery from apraxia that you find a speech therapist that works well with you and your child. It can be a lengthy and intensive process, but worth it to overcome a lifetime of speech issues.
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.