When my daughter, Anna, was diagnosed with childhood apraxia of speech in October, 2008, my first impulse was to go online and find out as much as I could about it. I remember thinking it would be a great idea to have a book for parents like me dealing with this unfamiliar yet all too common disorder. I would later embark on a different writing project, relating our personal experiences with Anna’s cleft lip surgery and apraxia diagnosis and my growth as a father, but as for a book on the nuts and bolts of apraxia, that idea left my mind almost as soon as it entered it.
Thankfully, for those dealing with this diagnosis today, another parent decided to follow through on this idea. I’ll let Leslie Lindsay, author of Speaking of Apraxia: A Parents’ Guide to Childhood Apraxia of Speech, tell the story in her own words:
“There isn’t a single book out there for parents on apraxia,” I complained to my daughter’s SLP. “I know,” Ms. Jen replied. “There’s not much out there.”I went on to explain that I just wanted a book, a real life book, I could hold in my hands and read and go back and refer to if I needed. I wanted a comprehensive guide that would start at the beginning and cover the definition of apraxia, what caused it (even if it was a bunch of theories—I didn’t care—I wanted something, anything), and what I could do about it. Most of all, I wanted something I could relate to.
Ms. Jen listened like any good therapist or friend would do. When I was done with my wish list, another therapist chimed in, “Sounds like a job for you.”
(Speaking of Apraxia, p. 367)
Thanks to Lindsay’s idea, and the encouragement of her daughter’s therapists—and her husband—this book exists, and it’s great one. Speaking of Apraxia is exactly the book that Lindsay wanted: a comprehensive guide that walks parents step by step through the experience of having a child with apraxia of speech, and a thorough reference that those same parents can consult over and over again.