Apraxia Monday: Laura Mize and the Podcast

By Leslie Lindsay

If you aren’t familiar with The Laura Mize Group, then allow me to introduce you!  You’re in for a real–Southern–treat! 

(image source: beckyhiggins.com retrived  6.3.13)

Her warm, Kentucky drawl is the first thing you’ll notice when you hear her voice.  It ooozes sweetness and compassion.  It makes me wonder if she’ll offer up a peach cobbler or a glass of iced tea.   

Actully, I know nothing about her culinary skills, but I do know she’s a pediatric SLP.  Today, I had lovely opportunity to chat with her on the Laura Mize Teach Me To Talk Podcast on Blog Talk Radio (how to obtain this interview…not 100% sure, but as soon as I learn something, I will pass it on). 

Here’s a breakdown of what we talked about:

  • My personal apraxia journey with now 8yo daughter, Kate all the way from the “beginning”–when we first noticed a speech lag through speech therapy and up to present day.
  • The book.  The reasons I wrote it, how I went about my research, parent tips, how the book is organized, etc. 
  • Mostly we talked about how moms everywhere can embrace the diagnosis of CAS and equip themselves with the skills and tools they need to be effective partners in their child’s apraxia journey. 
  • Click here and listen to the 1-hour long show!  http://www.blogtalkradio.com/laura-mize/2013/06/03/165-expressive-language-development-in-toddlers–part-ii

Laura Mize, CCC-SLP reviewed some of her very favorite messages in SPEAKING OF APRAXIA which I thought I’d share:

The Top 11 Things You & your SLP(s) Should Be Doing for A Motor-based CAS Approach (page 118):

  • Intensive Services.  “Intense” will vary based on your child’s needs, your time and money resources, etc. but kiddos with CAS will do best with as much therapy as time and money will provide.
  • Many repetitions and Drills.  Make it fun, but be prepared to work with your child 5-7 days of a week in addition to your child’s time with her SLP.
  • Be systematic.  Start with simple speech tasks and work your way upward.
  • Jaw, Lip, & Tongue Strengthening.  Not needed for “just” apraxia.  If you child is also dealing with dysarthria, then perhaps they would be helpful.
  • “Motor Memory.”  Motor programming and getting those tracks to “stick.”
  • Auditory Discrimination.  Can your child “hear” when things don’t come out right?  Can you teach that?  Ask your SLP for tips and ideas.
  • Kids with CAS are very aware of what they can and cannot say well.   If your child flat-out refuses to say something, it’s often not because he’s just being obstainate, he probably can’t and knows he won’t be successful.
  • Self-monitoring.  Does your child know when to correct herself in speech?  This is an important skill that takes time to develop, but  should be something your SLP is working on with your kiddo.
  • Prosody.  That’s all about the rate, tone, stress of speech.  Rhyming and clapping out words, sounds, syllables…all very helpful!
  • Compensatory Strategies.  When your child needs a little help with something, can he find the words?  Can you make a word or phrase a little simpler?  Work closely with your SLP for these suggestions.
  • My favorite–give your child some success!  Everyone needs a little reinforcement.  Allow your child to bask in a little glory.  They deserve it!

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