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10 Things Parents of Kids With Apraxia of Speech Wish You Wouldn't Say to Us


My son has¬†childhood apraxia of speech (CAS).¬†¬†These are the top 10 things, from my experience, I¬†wish others wouldn’t say upon meeting¬†children like mine.

1. He will grow out of it. 

Really? Are you sure? Google “CAS,” and get back to me on that.

2.¬†Oh, you know Einstein didn’t talk until age 3! He’ll talk when he’s ready…

Refer to answer #1.

3. He’s shy and/or rude.

No, actually,¬†he can’t talk.

4. He just needs a little spank. [During a major meltdown]

No, you need a little spank! He needs some words and a hug — and someone who read #1¬†again!

5. He’s a what? Apraxic? Don’t you mean autistic?

No, I don’t.

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6. Yeah, I’ve heard of it… my brother’s aunt’s cousin’s uncle had it. He’s fine now though…

Great, that’s a relief…

7. But I heard him say, “Mom.”

Yes, he’s capable of saying a lot of things and sounds. He simply can’t talk.

8. I heard *insert odd idea* works.

Thanks for the thought, but I’ll stick with the countless doctors and professionals currently treating my child.

9. When will he be able to talk?

My Magic 8 Ball isn’t working today, so let me get back to you on this.

10. He’s still¬†not talking?!¬†

Trust me, we’ve got this under control. Just read #1, please. Thanks!

If you would like to learn more about CAS, here are two great resources:

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