A friend, who happen to be an EI therapist, was over playing with our then 15 month old and turned to me and said, in the nicest of ways, "you may want to get him evaluated". Will was always very active, running by 9 month, incredibly curious, and always making some sort of noise, but never talking. We spoke to the pediatrician, who agreed, and had Will evaluated. He was eligible for services.
We started treatment in December of 2013 with 2 of the best therapist we could ask for. They were so patient and kind to him. At this point we didn't know our little one had a speech issue, we thought he had some behavioral issues and that he was just a late talker. After a few months one of the therapists suggested that we look into having him evaluated for Speech Apraxia. It was a evening, the doctors office was closed and our only option for educating ourselves about Apraxia was the Internet. Everyone knows the Internet is a scary place to go for medical information but I went there anyway. Dumb idea, after just minutes I was convinced that my sweet happy beautiful little boy would never speak. I cried for days. He'd grunt and babble but no words. I remember getting so depressed at times knowing he was telling me something but having no idea what he was saying, it broke my heart.
Little by little the words started to come, and with the words came his personality came. He started to act out, but in the cutest of ways. The first time I really knew he was going to be a jokester was when the therapist was asking him to say car and he continued to say truck. She would change her inflection and he would copy it all the while saying truck and grinning that sly 'I'm so funny' grin of his.
Just before he turned 3 we moved. We got him started in a new daycare and set up for the preschool program through the school district. Those two programs have done wonders for him. He just turned 4 and is understood by strangers about 85% of the time. He loves going to school, loves to play all the therapy based games we trick him into playing/learning and he has friends. He is still so funny and incredibly curious and he has a memory like no other.
Our boy is kicking butt and totally Knocking Out Apraxia.