|Alyssa is 5 years old.
This first video was taken 10/31/06. She says, "I went trick or treating, and get candies, and get lots of candies. Bye bye." This was in her own words without any prompting. (I did find it I challenge to tape Alyssa saying more than just a few words but the excitement of Halloween made it much easier.)
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Alyssa is now 5 years old. Her official diagnosis was made when she was around 3.5 years old. No one has ever mentioned if her Apraxia is mild or moderate.
Alyssa has been in therapy since the age of 2. She attended preschool and junior Kindergarten at a school for children with communication disabilities. While there she was given intense speech therapy and also Occupational therapy to help improve her social skills. I feel that because she attended that school that is the reason Alyssa has improved so much. I sometimes wonder how Alyssa would be doing in comparison if she didn't receive as much therapy up to this point.
She is now in Senior Kindergarten and she no longer qualifies to attend that school due to her age. I have now employed a Speech and Language Therapist to visit Alyssa twice a month for 45 minute sessions. I am given lots of exercises to do in between which we spend about 15 minutes each day.
She has improved so much since her diagnoses. When I think back just a few years ago she was communicating with sign language and now she has so much to say. She still has a lot of trouble with more complex language. The more she has to say the more trouble she has. Unfortunately, she is well aware of this and tends to stay within her comfort zone, which usually is short and sweet.