Kids Speech Matters is written by Sandra Ahlquist and tells her story of the journey with her son who has a severe language disorder and auditory processing disorder.
It takes you right back to the beginning and the milestones along the way.
The book works through the emotional journey of the medical results, early intervention, preschool years, specialist testing and the early primary school years. Where her son was found to have a learning disability and how they have navigated through the education system.
Sandra shares the insights gained, what strategies they have used, and the ups and downs during the primary school years.
The book has been written to empower parents/carers/teachers but also give them hope. That there kids can and will, with the right support flourish.
They can take what they have read and be the very best advocate for their children and talk about their children’s learning disabilities.
Her sons early he was diagnosised with a severe language delay and both his expressive and receptive language skills where very poor for age appropriate testing. He had a standard IQ so the frustration for him not being able to express himself or understand complex language as he went through his school years led to severe anxiety.
He has come a long way and still works with his learning disability but as a family they have searched for alternative therapies plus the usual speech pathology and occupational therapy and he is a happy and confident boy. Not the anxious child he once was when the school environment was more than he could cope with. The right school is so important for your child. The right attitude is most important for you child.
Kids Speech Matters will explain how as a team with school, speciliasts and home support Sandra's son Luca has reached goals even most recently hosting at school assembly on the microphone to playing sports and being a good friend and gaining great life skills in leadership.
This book most importantly is written also for parents who may be feeling daunted by the long road ahead or the unknown road and feel quite alone as it's not a table discussion when out with friends and wondering that maybe only they feel like this. Well you are not alone. This book will empower and help you to embrace the challenges ahead and you will see results ;)
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is inspiring! It is Sandra's journey with her son...getting him the help he needed to succeed. You will walk with her on this journey and see first hand what she did to make a difference in his life. From this you will be encouraged to do what you need to do to make a difference in your child's life. You may also be interested in School Strategies for ADHD Kids (Winning the ADHD Battle)...many of the strategies presented in this book are also helpful to those with auditory processing disorder!
Excellent book for those who know a child with a language disorder
This book is an interesting read. It is about the challenge that this mother experiences in relation to her special needs son, and she relates how she and Luca are overcoming their difficulties, particularly with regard to school experiences. As a teacher, I found it distressing to read about teachers not making the effort to ensure every child in his/her class achieved their potential. If a child is happy, he/she will learn, as evidenced by Luca's fourth year at school. Unfortunately, the book has not been well proof-read and edited. At the end of the book there is a list of references. One in particular has been written by Celia Lashlie, but her name has been spelled incorrectly.
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