ABCs 4 SLPs: A is for Apraxia of Speech - "Speaking of Apraxia: A Parent's Guide to Childhood Apraxia of Speech" Book Review

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I have heard stories of therapists, researchers, doctors, and professors of whom have been told "why don't you write a book?" in regards to various specialized topics in speech-language pathology. I have read many books in graduate school about people who have communication disorders themselves. What I have not heard much of is for therapists recommending parents to write books about a communication disorder. After all, parents and guardians spend the most time with their own child, significantly more than I do, and should be considered as experts on their child(ren). That is why they are included in IEP/initial therapy meetings as a part of the team to help create a therapy plan for their child.

Leslie Lindsay, R.N., B.S.N., author of Speaking of Apraxia: A Parents' Guide to Childhood Apraxia of Speech and parent of a child who has Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) did just that. Through research, talking to experienced speech-language pathologists and therapists, experiences of others with children who have CAS, and her own experiences with her daughter, Lindsay wrote a 450 page book discussing referral for CAS, diagnosis/assessments for CAS, speech-language pathology terms, diets, practice at home, IEPs, coping with CAS, and resources for CAS. Lindsay herself provided me with a copy of her book to review for my website. Read on for my review of Speaking of Apraxia!

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Speaking of Apraxia: A Parents' Guide to Childhood Apraxia of Speech, written by Leslie Lindsay, begins the story of her own experience with a child who has Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) as well as two other stories of other parents with children who have CAS. Thus begins the journey through the book. Each chapter begins with "Nuts and Bolts" describing what the reader will learn from each chapter. Then, the content follows. Here are the topics included in Speaking of Apraxia:

  • Chapter 1: Does My Child Have Childhood Apraxia of Speech?
  • Chapter 2: An Introduction to Speech, Language, and Listening
  • Chapter 3: When You Suspect Childhood Apraxia of Speech: Where to Go and What to Ask
  • Chapter 4: At the Speech Clinic: Your First Appointment With a Speech-Language Pathologist
  • Chapter 5: Getting the Apraxia Diagnosis: Initial Reactions
  • Chapter 6: So What Caused All of This?! Theories and Medical Diagnoses Related to CAS
  • Chapter 7: All About Speech Therapy: An Introduction to Theories & Methods Best Suited for Kids With Apraxia
  • Chapter 8: Fish Oil, Diet, Horses, Music, and More: Complementary and Alternative Medical (CAM) Approaches to Childhood Apraxia of Speech
  • Chapter 9: What You Can Do at Home: Tapping Into Your Inner Speech-Language Pathologist
  • Chapter 10: An Eye For Design: Creating a Language-Rich Environment at Home & Encouraging Sound Sleep
  • Chapter 11: Off to School: Preparing Your Child (and Yourself!)
  • Chapter 12: Phonological Awareness: Learning to Read and Reading to Learn
  • Chapter 13: CAS Affects Us All: Coping as a Family
  • Chapter 14: I Am More Than CAS: Tending to Your Child's Feelings
  • Chapter 15: Resolving Apraxia: Where Do We Go From Here?
  • Chapter 16: Shaking Your Groove Thing: Networking, Advocating, and Resources
  • References
  • Appendixes: Information about frequently asked questions, health insurance, summer speech/enrichment programs, speech and language milestones, research on reading difficulties and speech and language disorders
  • Glossary
  • Advisory Board
  • Index
Each chapter also includes charts, parent questions/information about their experience with CAS, Lindsay's experiences with CAS, a chapter summary (titled "Say That Again?!"), and recommended resources (titled "Read On!). Throughout many chapters, Lindsay restates that she is not a speech-language pathologist to encourage parents of children who have CAS to do their own research but also contact a local speech-language pathologist for assessment/therapy.

Lindsay takes the reader step by step from learning about CAS so that they can make informed decisions about how to help their child(ren) with empathetic and relatable discussion of diagnosis and treatment of CAS. In addition, she relates information with appropriate wording and organization that all parents can understand without overwhelming them with technical terms. This resource is great not only for parents of children who have CAS but for speech-language pathologists and other therapists to learn about how people who have a child/children with CAS may feel, understand how to be a good counselor for parents, and provide resources to parents who have a child/children with CAS. Also, I feel that this would be a great book for undergraduate/graduate students in the field of speech-language pathology to read. This is because the most interesting books that I read in school I feel were the ones that included real-life stories that I could use to understand how others may feel with communication disorders as well as how to counsel parents/guardians who have a child/family member with a communication disorder.

Lindsay may say that she is not a speech-language pathologist, but the amount of research and resources that she has included in her book may make her feel like one. However, the author states throughout that she is not a licensed speech-language pathologist, which I appreciate due to the fact that every person/child with Apraxia of Speech needs to have an individualized therapy plan and their disorder cannot be solved by research alone but also with therapy. As a licensed speech-language pathologist myself, I learned a lot about resources for parents of children who have CAS. I cannot wait to read more about Childhood Apraxia of Speech as you can never stop learning!

Availability for Purchase:

Speaking of Apraxia: A Parents' Guide to Childhood Apraxia of Speech is available on the following websites for purchase ($24.95; sometimes found on sale at Amazon.com for $16.47 or on Barnes and Noble for $20.79; can also look inside the book on Amazon):

About the Author:

Leslie Lindsay, author of Speaking of Apraxia: A Parents' Guide to Childhood Apraxia of Speech, was a child/adolescent psychiatric R.N. at the Mayo Clinic prior to writing the book. Her family includes her husband Jim, her daughter Kate who has been diagnosed with Childhood Apraxia of Speech (her inspiration for the book), another daughter named Kelly, and an adorable Bassett hound. Lindsay's blog, titled "Practical Parenting: With a Twist!" includes information about Lindsay's life, information about parenting, writing, and Childhood Apraxia of Speech. She also has a Facebook page for her book, found here.

More Information About the Book (From Amazon.com):

  • Paperback: 450 pages
  • Publisher: Woodbine House (March 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606130617
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606130612
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 6.9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
Other Reviews of Speaking of Apraxia:

OMazing Kids - http://omazingkidsllc.com/2012/06/09/review-giveaway-speaking-of-apraxia-a-parents-guide-to-childhood-apraxia-of-speech/

Words of His Heart - http://wordsofhisheart.wordpress.com/2012/06/07/speaking-of-apraxia-a-parents-guide-to-childhood-apraxia-of-speech-by-leslile-lindsay-r-n-b-s-n/

Disclosure:

The author of Consonantly Speaking was given a copy of Speaking of Apraxia: A Parents' Guide to Childhood Apraxia of Speech by Leslie Lindsay to review for this website. No other compensation was given.

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