May 10th, 2010 | Posted in Uncategorized

This has been an incredible week of communicating with parents of children with APD, or children suspected of having APD. Lots of email contacts and blog interactions…and yesterday live questions at the book signing in Mount Kisco, NY.

What are the threads that run through all of these contacts? Love and Concern. Parents, aunts, cousins, godparents, friends all feeling that “something is just not right” with a child in their lives. What to do? Don’t look back. Don’t think of what you didn’t do or what wasn’t done. Start from where you are today.

Find a Speech-Language Pathologist and Audiologist for evaluations. Find people that resonate with you and your child. Find someone who is professional, knowledgeable and compassionate. And then get ready to be involved, to learn what you can do in your day-to-day life outside of the therapy room to advocate, teach and support your child.

Communicate! Talk, discuss, debate. There are so many things to talk about: a book you read, the color of the sky, a story from your childhood, a dream. There are so many things to do together: color, bake, take a walk, read a book. Communication, engagement and interaction require give and take, comments, discussion, and observations.

We call questions and answers “closed conversation” and commenting with an expectant pause “open ended conversation” You’ll find that open-ended conversations will lead to interesting and unexpected places. It doesn’t take much to get involved and communicate. The difference it makes to that child is huge.

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