Do you have a difficult time understanding what your child says?
Does your preschooler’s speech sound robotic and lack pitch variation?
When your child repeats a word, does he or she pronounce the word differently each time?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, your child may have a motor speech disorder called Childhood Apraxia of Speech or CAS. The Childhood Apraxia Association of North America estimates that 3-5% of preschoolers are affected by CAS. CAS is a motor planning problem and not weakness, paresis, or paralysis of the speech muscles. Please visit my post at EverydayFamily.com to learn more about The 5 Characteristics of Childhood Apraxia.
I am so proud to be your mama. You have such an amazing little spirit, full of energy and spunk. This has been such a fun year watching you grow from a crawler to a toddler who does nothing but run. You have learned so much in the past year. I love hearing you string together sentences to state your demands. Just tonight as I was putting you to bed you told me “I don’t want it.” when I handed you a stuffed animal. You have been sleeping in a twin bed for about a month and a half now and you absolutely love it! As soon as we put you in the bed, you finally started sleeping through the night! A great gift to your mommy and daddy, who is enjoying your new found skill.
This past Saturday, we celebrated your birthday with friends with a Sesame Street bash. I loved watching your excitement as you named the characters, pointing to all of the decorations. You had so much fun blowing bubbles and planting flowers with your friends. Of course your favorite part of the party were the cupcakes! You dove right in to your Oscar cupcake and when you were finished your face was covered with black and green frosting. It was a good day for our entire family- celebrating you!
As you grow, you are trying so hard to keep up with your big brother. Every morning you ask me, “Where’s Xander?” and then search for him. You love to play in his room and snatch his toys. The two of you have quite the brother bond, even when you are fighting over the same exact toy. Right now your favorite toys are stuffed animals, balls of any sort, cars, trucks, trains, Lego Duplos and your kitchen set. You love Sesame Street and oddly enough Sponge Bob. It makes me laugh hearing you shout out “Ohhhhhh” when you hear the beginning song of the SpongeBob show.
Life with you in our family is amazing. You keep mommy and daddy on our toes with your constant motion and desire to defy gravity, but also love to snuggle. We love you so much our little peanut. Thank you for your bright smile, your contagious giggle and your sweet hugs and kisses.
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