Sunday, May 2, 2010

Very Proud Mom

Last night I went to go see my daughter in her school play. My daughter is in 7th grade now, but I think I should note that up until this year she has been in speech therapy. She was diagnosed with apraxia when she was 3 years old. It's basically a speech delay. She had a lot of difficulty saying certain sounds so she has had speech therapy 1 to 2 times a week she's she's been 3. She was always very cooperative and tried her best. She really didn't want to go to speech therapy in fact the last few years she started to get embarrassed that she still had to go. She didn't want her friends to know. I felt bad, but I also knew she still needed it. Finally this year her therapist asked her what she wanted and my daughter said she wanted to be done. After talking with my daughter and the therapist I agreed. She really had come as far as she was going to with the speech therapy. She was thrilled. I was a little unsure. She had been doing it for such a long time and sometimes I still have to have her repeat something. Never the less she graduated herself from speech therapy.

Now she did her school play last year and I was proud of her. She only had 2 lines and she did fine. Now this year she had many lines and sang quite a few songs that she sang as well. She felt very confident and with good reason. I went to see her in the play and I couldn't believe this was the same little girl who had such a hard time with speech when she was little. I was amazed and so proud. She really is growing up. I can't wait to buy it on DVD so I can watch it again.

She is so sad that the play is over and there is no more drama club till next year. I can understand why because her face was lit up by the biggest smile all through the play. You could tell she was having a good time. Now she will be an eighth grader next year and they get to pick the play. Her and her friends are already talking about it so I hope they pick something great. It really is great that her school has a drama club and she is able to experience this. I really am just so happy for her.


ritz said...

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Nova said...

even I would be a proud mommy seeing my child on her school play

Vera said...

This is so amazing! She has something to look forward to next year already :)

Mylene said...

Hi Mommy,
What are the symptoms of apraxia? My daughter will be turning three this May 29, but she still can't speak well. I ask her pedia about it but her pedia told me that it is normal if she can say a three-word sentence. But based on our observation, other kids who are just older than her by a month or so, can already speak clearly.

JAS said...

Apraxia basically means that your brain is telling you one thing, but your mouth just can't form the words yet. You can train your mouth to do it in speech therapy and as you get older it gets easier. My daughter really didn't have many words at the age of 3 and she made up a lot of her own. It was frustration at first, but the therapy works wonders. My advise to you is if you're concerned have her tested by a speech therapist. Where I live they do it through the public school system and although it's a lot of red tape it's worth it. Just for your piece of mind. You never know and sometimes pediatricians say it's fine when it's not. Your around her all the time. Mom knows best.

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