When meeting a little boy this past summer, something inside me clicked. I had an "aha" moment about my firstborn. This little boy had something called, apraxia. As his mother explained this disorder and how it related to him, I couldn't but feel an instinctive, gut feeling my daughter shared the same characteristics.

I told my daughter's therapists, doctors, anyone who was taking care of her of my suspicions. We even went to another hospital to get a second opinion to confirm these suspicions. They all agreed, my little ladybug showed some signs and most likely had apraxia.

When ladybug speaks, it is hard to make out what she is saying. She has a hard time getting words out. When she first learned to speak, it sounded like "ba ba ba ba..." Mama sounded like, "Aba" and so on. Her speech is slowly progressing and we are so excited. She still struggles to sound out all of the correct vowel sounds. And she also has a hard time saying multiple syllables. Her "go" sounds british, and her no sounds like, "mo." Her "oh no" is the cutest thing in the world. It sounds like her favorite character, "elmo." So if your around her and she were to drop something, you may hear her referring to that little red guy with googly eyes. But really, she is saying, "oh no."

A great website I found helpful when learning about apraxia.

What is apraxia?

Apraxia of Speech is considered a motor speech disorder. For unknown reasons, children with apraxia have great difficulty planning and producing the precise, highly refined and specific series of movements of the tongue, lips, jaw and palate that are necessary for intelligible speech. Apraxia of speech may also be called verbal apraxia, developmental apraxia of speech, or verbal dyspraxia. No matter what it is called the most important concept is the root word "praxis." Praxis means planned movement. So to some degree or another, a child with the diagnosis of apraxia of speech has difficulty programming and planning speech movements. Apraxia of speech is a specific speech disorder.



  1. A little boy I have watched since he was born was diagnosed with aprexia of speech a few years ago. Through great speech therapists he has overcome it though and no longer needs his IEP. Children are resilient and children with aprexia are geniuses (from my personal experience) especially at figuring out other ways to communicate.

  2. Hey Tricia,
    Brendon has apraxia as well. I love your new blog!

    ~Missy Sedam Roark

  3. Have you tried the fish oils yet or read the book The Late Talker? Lisa Geng is on my facebook friend list (the author) ---she also has a great apraxia group on yahoo.

  4. My now 12 year old had apraxia. He was never officially dx with it, as you may know it is hard to get an official dx of this. But suffice it to say that he didn't even say "mama" til he was 28 months old and he said things like "dakaw" for "garbage" and "teekie" for "cookie" for quite some time. Now at 12, he is still in speech therapy, but he can talk. A LOT!!!