Read Early. Read Often.

Both of my boys have varying degrees of apraxia of speech, a neurological motor planning disorder that affects the formation of sounds, words and sentences. One of the later identified issues of apraxia of speech may be problems with learning to read and reading in general. Research has found that children identified with spoken communication problems are at a higher risk for literacy problems in the future. And because boys are more frequently diagnosed with apraxia of speech and associated issues (and having two boys with spectrum apraxia issues), reading this article hit a nerve for me. As if our boys with apraxia don’t face enough of a challenge, here is some additional information from the typically-developing community on boys and reading to add fuel to that fire.

TIP OF THE DAY (for all our kids with and without apraxia): Read early. Read often.

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