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The Special Needs Homemaker Series(tm) Guide to Apraxia of Speech
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Guide to Apraxia
Table of Contents

Section 1: About Apraxia of Speech

  1. What is Apraxia?
  2. How do I know if my child has apraxia of speech?
  3. What do I do if I suspect my child has apraxia of speech?
  4. Will my child ever talk?
  5. How long will it take before my child starts to talk?
  6. What if my child never learns to talk?

Section 2: Family Life

  1. What is the biggest problem families face having a child with apraxia of speech?
  2. Does having a child with apraxia change the way I parent my child?
  3. What problems are typical for a child with apraxia?
  4. What problems are typical of the parents? Mom? Dad?
  5. How does CAS affect siblings?
  6. Where can I find support for apraxia of speech?

Section 3: Diagnosis and Treatment

  1. Who is the best professional to diagnose CAS?
  2. What is a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) and what do they do?
  3. What do I do if I suspect my child has speech problems?
  4. Is it important to get a formal diagnosis?
  5. When should my child start therapy?
  6. Should I ask the doctor to test for other problems?
  7. Is there anything else I can do besides speech therapy?
  8. How do I evaluate a therapy to know if it is legitimate?

Section 4: Insurance

  1. How do I find out what is covered by insurance?
  2. Are there any terms I should know related to insurance?
  3. What do I look for in the insurance policy?
  4. How do I appeal to the insurance company when they refuse a claim?
  5. Should I consider an out-of-network provider?
  6. Are there any secrets I should know about working with the insurance company?
  7. Are there other ways to get help paying for my child’s medical care?
  8. What kinds of records should I keep?

Section 5: Educational Considerations

  1. What is the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and how does this affect my child?
  2. What is Early Intervention (birth to 3 years)?
  3. What is Child Find (3-5 years)?
  4. What if my child still doesn’t talk by the time they start school?
  5. What is an IEP (K-12th grade) and will my child need one?
  6. Should I consider homeschool or private schools?
  7. Are there any other educational issues related to apraxia of speech?
  8. How will I know my child can read if they can’t speak?
  9. What happens after graduation from high school?

Section 6: Your Role as Advocate

  1. What is an advocate?
  2. Why does my child need an advocate?
  3. How can I advocate for my child?
  4. Can I hire someone else to be an advocate?
  5. What do I do when it seems everyone is against what I believe my child needs?

Section 7: Bonus Section: Tips, How To and Encouragement

  1. How to evaluate a doctor
  2. How to evaluate a therapist
  3. How to fire a doctor
  4. How to fire a therapist
  5. What to do when therapy isn’t working
  6. How to set up your home for communication success
  7. The importance of doing speech therapy homework
  8. Tips on reading standardized test results
  9. Advocating for your child in other environments (family, church, public places)
  10. Setting up a temporary guardian
  11. Top 3 resources for educational concerns
  12. 31 Special Things your Child Needs from You
  13. Where to Go from Here

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