J-man has been going to his new speech therapist for nearly one month. Not long, to be sure. But his mouth has been moving more in the past few months than it ever has, making attempts at sounds and words every day. So our new therapist has had some of the best exposure to his new 'skills'.
I asked her yesterday if, given her experience and what she now sees J-man doing, if she thought Apraxia was the right diagnosis for him.
She said yes. Most definitely.
Of course, we both agree that it isn't the end of the story.... there is more going on that just apraxia. But getting a definitive diagnosis of apraxia has been hard because up until a few months ago, he wasn't making enough attempts to say anything. Now, however, she can "see" the oral-motor sequencing problems.
There are days, when J-man is trying hard and doing good, when I feel like maybe we will see the end of this road sooner rather than later. And then there are days... like today... when I just can't imagine how we will ever make it.