Guide to Apraxia
Table of Contents
Section 1: About Apraxia of Speech
- What is Apraxia?
- How do I know if my child has apraxia of speech?
- What do I do if I suspect my child has apraxia of speech?
- Will my child ever talk?
- How long will it take before my child starts to talk?
- What if my child never learns to talk?
Section 2: Family Life
- What is the biggest problem families face having a child with apraxia of speech?
- Does having a child with apraxia change the way I parent my child?
- What problems are typical for a child with apraxia?
- What problems are typical of the parents? Mom? Dad?
- How does CAS affect siblings?
- Where can I find support for apraxia of speech?
Section 3: Diagnosis and Treatment
- Who is the best professional to diagnose CAS?
- What is a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) and what do they do?
- What do I do if I suspect my child has speech problems?
- Is it important to get a formal diagnosis?
- When should my child start therapy?
- Should I ask the doctor to test for other problems?
- Is there anything else I can do besides speech therapy?
- How do I evaluate a therapy to know if it is legitimate?
Section 4: Insurance
- How do I find out what is covered by insurance?
- Are there any terms I should know related to insurance?
- What do I look for in the insurance policy?
- How do I appeal to the insurance company when they refuse a claim?
- Should I consider an out-of-network provider?
- Are there any secrets I should know about working with the insurance company?
- Are there other ways to get help paying for my child’s medical care?
- What kinds of records should I keep?
Section 5: Educational Considerations
- What is the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and how does this affect my child?
- What is Early Intervention (birth to 3 years)?
- What is Child Find (3-5 years)?
- What if my child still doesn’t talk by the time they start school?
- What is an IEP (K-12th grade) and will my child need one?
- Should I consider homeschool or private schools?
- Are there any other educational issues related to apraxia of speech?
- How will I know my child can read if they can’t speak?
- What happens after graduation from high school?
Section 6: Your Role as Advocate
- What is an advocate?
- Why does my child need an advocate?
- How can I advocate for my child?
- Can I hire someone else to be an advocate?
- 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
- How to evaluate a doctor
- How to evaluate a therapist
- How to fire a doctor
- How to fire a therapist
- What to do when therapy isn’t working
- How to set up your home for communication success
- The importance of doing speech therapy homework
- Tips on reading standardized test results
- Advocating for your child in other environments (family, church, public places)
- Setting up a temporary guardian
- Top 3 resources for educational concerns
- 31 Special Things your Child Needs from You
- Where to Go from Here