Our son, Easton, has apraxia.
Basically, he struggles with speech.
His mouth doesn't make the words his mind wants him to say. It's a developmental issue that can be overcame, it just takes a lot of work, therapy and parent involvement.
Easton had been receiving speech therapy from the age of two until he turned three. One day a week therapy just wasn't helping much. He needed more intense therapy.
The state of Florida has a program to help toddlers with their speech. They really want students ready for kindergarten, so they will do whatever they can to help the process.
Long story short, we went through months of evaluations, tests, and appointments to accurately diagnose Easton. We wanted all other potential issues to be ruled out. Thankfully, it is just a speech issue. But at about age 2 1/2 the congnitive skills begin to slow down if the auditory (speech) skills are not normal. So, with knowing Eastons cognitive skills would soon be affected, if not already, we decided to take action.
Easton was offered speech assistance five days a week for the entire school day. We decided against every day, all day. He's still our baby ya know! But, as much as it breaks mommys heart, we have his best interest at heart and knew what had to be done.
So, here's our new part time preschooler!