Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Language Delay Resources

I know I have mentioned the fact that Leah has a very strong personality and is a bit high maintenance  but I don't think I have mentioned her specific quirk.  Leah has a language delay, which is called Apraxia.  Obviously, lack of communication can make for some very frustrating days - for both of us!  She has made great progress over the last 6-12 months.
Along with speech therapy, we have had good success with the following two resources:

ArtixPix an app for iPad and iPhone.  When we first found the app it was selling for $29.  I just tried to get it on my iPhone and noticed that it is now $49.  She really enjoys doing the app.  Often when the iPad is home and not with dad, Jacob will spend his time with Leah helping her practice speech.  When they are not dressing up in Star Wars attire, of course!

NourishLife: Speak an Omega-3 supplement that is supposed to be specifically formulated to help those with speech difficulties.  We participated in a study last spring and she has been taking the supplement ever since.  We have really noticed a big improvement since she started on this supplement.  I have long been a believer in Omega-3's and this has made me even more of a believer!

She still has a long way to go, but it is encouraging to see the progress she has made.   God has great things in store for her...not quite sure what that will be exactly, but someplace where she can be in charge, a mother superior perhaps?


Patty said...

This has to be difficult for all. And a good mom is always trying to find a way to help a little one. You are a good mom!

And Jacob, how sweet!

Leah is beautiful and will grow up to be successful in whatever she chooses to be.

Heather said...

Thank you so much for sharing this, Jen. It will help so many people! I especially like learning about the Omega 3s!

Kimberlie said...

Wow! Great resources. I am going to check them out for Meili. She has come a long way in her speech development since having her palate revision this past summer, however, she still struggles with so many sounds. And where it never used to cause frustration, she's becoming increasingly frustrated at not being able to articulate clearly enough that she is understood most of the time. The ArtiPix might really help, and I am going to try that supplement for both my cleft affected kiddos, as even Seth has articulation issues though not like his sister's.

You continually inspire me with the research and lengths you go to to help your children.


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