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 ;)
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