I no longer have to fight with my 4-year-old about brushing her teeth. That statement, my friends, is nothing short of a legitimate miracle. My kiddo has sensory struggles, hates being “helped” with anything, and has been in feeding therapy...
Does my child need speech therapy? Excellent question! There are lots of things that might cause you to think to yourself, “Hmm, is this typical? Do I need to get an SLP involved here?” Let's explore some of these concerns...
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The beautiful truth is, the day I first told her about her CP probably won’t be a defining moment in her life, because she was really too young to remember it. It was, though, a defining moment in mine. It was a shift in the way we related to each other, and for the first time since her diagnosis I felt like I wasn’t lying to her anymore. It was in that moment I found the power of being honest, open, and matter of fact.
For now, we take each day as it comes. We learn together, and we overcome together. And yes, four years later, we still rock in our chair together.
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