Avivah Werner: Gemiini – An Amazing Resource for Kids With Communication or Speech Delays
Since I like to try things out before recommending it to you, this post has been a looong time in coming
My three year old has a speech processing delay called apraxia. Apraxia in simple terms means that although the child knows what he wants to say and understands everything, the message gets scrambled somewhere in transmission between the brain and mouth.
This means that a child with apraxia has to work much, much harder to speak and it takes much longer. I suspected ds3 had apraxia when he was 18 months, but the speech therapist told me he didn’t. At his 2 year old speech assessment, I received a letter in the mail a few weeks after our in-person meeting and discussion (when nothing was mentioned to me) and it was only then that I saw he had been officially diagnosed with apraxia.
Based on what I had learned about apraxia I knew that weekly speech therapy was likely be inadequate to help ds3 learn to speak well. So when two or three months later, in December 2014, I learned about Gemiini. I was cautiously hopeful.