Review & Giveaway: Speaking of Apraxia – A Parents’ Guide to Childhood Apraxia of Speech

Wow! This is the most comprehensive yet easy to read book on Childhood Apraxia of Speech  (CAS) I have ever read in my 22 year career as a SLP.

I LOVE how the book is organized in an extremely easy to read and user-friendly format. It is overflowing with a wealth of information, helpful resources & tips. I also love how well she covered commonly co-occuring diagnoses and lots of therapeutic techniques. Yoga for kids is even mentioned a few times 🙂 There are lots of practical ideas that would be easy for most families to use. I highly recommend this book as a “must have” addition to the library of all pediatric Speech-Language Pathologists, other therapists, teachers and parents of children with CAS.

Amazon has a very extensive preview inside this book:

Product Description:

At last, a parents’ guide to understanding, treating, and living with childhood apraxia of speech (CAS). Written in an empathic style by a parent who “has been there”, Speaking of Apraxia offers hope and practical advice for parents of toddlers to teens with this neurologically-based motor speech disorder. Characterized by difficulties with planning and producing the complex set of movements necessary for intelligible speech, CAS can be a child’s only diagnosis or can be accompanied by other special needs such as learning disabilities, Down syndrome, or autism. Parents and professionals will appreciate the author’s clear explanations of everything from diagnosing CAS and working with speech-language pathologists (SLPs), to understanding how to distinguish it from other speech disorders, and getting appropriate early intervention and special education support.

Drawing on the latest research, professionals’ insights, her own and other parents’ experience, the author covers these important topics:

  • I: The Straight Scoop on Speech Basics–CAS definition; An Overview of Speech & Language; Where to Get Help and What to Ask; Your First Appointment with an SLP
  • II: Now What?!–Getting, Coping with and Understanding the Diagnosis; Health & Genetics; All about Speech Therapy
  • III: Helping Your Child–Complementary and Alternative Medical and Treatment Approaches (Diet, Music, Movement Therapy and More)
  • IV: Off to School–Getting Ready; Special Education Ins & Outs; Phonological Awareness; Reading Issues
  • V: Coping & Hoping–Dealing with Emotions and Family Life; What the Future May Hold; Networking, Support Groups, and Advocacy
  • Appendices: Information on insurance, summer camps and enrichment programs, speech-language milestones, and a glossary of terms

Speaking of Apraxia is a comprehensive and authoritative resource any family, SLP, occupational therapist, or pediatric practice will be glad to own or recommend.

ISBN: 978-1-60613-061-2
2012, Paperback, 7″ x 10″, 450 pages

Price: $24.95 (the best deal on the date of this post was $16.47 on Amazon)

Available for purchase on Amazon:, Barnes & Noble:, and Woodbine House:

About the Author: Leslie Lindsay was formerly a Child and Adolescent Psychiatric nurse at the Mayo Clinic. She attended the University of Missouri-Columbia and earned a B.S.N. from the Sinclair School of Nursing with a minor in psychology. She and her family, including a daughter with CAS, live in suburban Chicago. She writes about a range of parenting issues on her blog, Leslie 4 Kids: Find her on Facebook at:

Disclaimer: I received a free sample of this product to facilitate my review. Opinions expressed are my own.

See another great review of this book on the Consonantly Speaking blog:

How to enter the giveaway:

  1. Enter via the “Giveaways” tab on the OMazing Kids FB page ( & mention how this book would be helpful & whether you are a therapist, teacher or a parent/caregiver of a child with CAS (or suspected CAS). (comments must be in English; must include full first & last name; 1 entry per Facebook account).
  2. For one additional entry, leave a comment on this blog post. Must mention how this book would be helpful & whether you are a therapist, teacher or a parent/caregiver of a child with CAS (or suspected CAS)(comments must be in English; 1 entry per person; must have a valid e-mail address)
  3. Tips: You increase your odds of winning by entering via both methods. Entering via the “Giveaways” tab will save me the step of having to obtain your mailing address – the info you complete on the tab comes directly to me via an e-mail.

Entry Deadline: Enter by any of the methods listed above by 11:59pm CST on June 12, 2012.

Rules of Participation:

  • Must be 18 years or older with a valid e-mail address.
  • International entries are being allowed for this particular giveaway.
  • Employees or family members of OMazing Kids, LLC or the product’s company are not eligible.
  • No purchase required.
  • Comments submitted via the Enter Giveaways Here…. tab on Facebook may be copied & pasted into the blog post.
  • Odds of winning will depend on the number of eligible entries received.
  • One (1) winner will be chosen via a random drawing of valid entries on June 13, 2012.
  • The winner will receive one (1) copy of the book.
  • The winner will be notified via e-mail and will be posted on the blog post.
  • If a winner only entered via blog post, their mailing address will be obtained via e-mail.
  • In the event that a winner does not respond within 24 hours, a new winner will be selected via a random drawing.
  • The winner’s address will be forwarded to the company and they will be mailing the book directly to the winner.
  • Prize Value: $24.95

Other Legal Stuff: I know it’s just a book but just to be safe here is all the legal stuff…

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Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, IAYT, RCYP-2

Speech-Language Pathologist

Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC – inclusive wellness activities for kids of all abilities

Radiant Child Yoga Certified – Levels 1 & 2







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8 thoughts on “Review & Giveaway: Speaking of Apraxia – A Parents’ Guide to Childhood Apraxia of Speech

  1. This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to the winner: Amy Whitehurst from Rincon, GA.

    Thanks to everyone who participated in this giveaway! All the entries were so touching….. I wish we could send a book to each one of you!

    Be looking for another fun review & giveaway on OMazing Kids soon 🙂


    Angela Moorad, MS, CCC-SLP, IAYT, RCYP-2
    Speech-Language Pathologist
    Founder of OMazing Kids, LLC – inclusive wellness activities for kids of all abilities
    Radiant Child Yoga Certified – Levels 1 & 2

    Blog: http://omazingkidsllc

  2. Here are the comments from the entries received via the “Enter Giveaways Here…” tab on the OMazing Kids Facebook page:

    * My son has been battling CAS for 3 years now and we have a VERY long road still ahead. I would love to use this book to make sure I’m doing everything I can for him, including the IEP process – which is just overwhelming even in the best of circumstances. Thank you for this giveaway!

    * I’d like to better understand my son’s issues with Apraxia and how we can help him.

    * My 4 yr old nephew has apraxia & I know this book would help my sister A LOT. Thank you for this giveaway!! Very cool.

    * I am Grandma to 4yr old apraxia child, Bear. He is such a cutie and I love it when I understand something he says. He is making great improvements but still has a ways to go. He is loving, sweet, and a joy. We would like to know more about how to help him maximally.

    * Aunt of a child with Apraxia who would love to help her nephew get through this.

    * I would love to have this book! My son is suspected of CAS and I am constantly trying to learn more information on his condition and how I can help him overcome his challenges.

    * I believe this book would help parents, care givers and SLP’s alike because when a child is diagnosed with CAS there are many questions that need to be answered. This book would be most helpful in many ways such as providing information on how to help the child and also with understanding what is happening with the process of a child with Apraxia.

    * I am a Speech Language Pathologist and I treat several patients with Suspected CAS. This book would be greatly beneficial to share with my parents.

    * I’m a SLP and would definitely use this at work with my patients and their parents.

    * I am a motivated parent of 2 beautiful children with apraxia and would love to learn how to help them with their struggles.

  3. I’m a seasones SLP and am always looking to keep my skills current yet convenient with a book like this one.

  4. I am a parent who would love to better understand my son’s issues with Apraxia. Thank you

  5. My almost 5 yo has a significant case of CAS. We started speech therapy when he was almost 2. I would love to know eve more to help him. This book would help make sure I’m doing everything I can from private therapy to the IEP process. I would really love it. Thank you!

  6. Reblogged this on The Naptime Nook and commented:
    I was all set to review Goodnight Moon this week, but then came across this blog post by OMazing Kids and realized two things. 1. Everyone already knows and loves Goodnight Moon. Why tell you all about a book you most likely already own? 2. Goodnight Moon, while charming, calming, and adorable, doesn’t do much in the way of educating. This book, however, could be really useful to those parents and nannies out there who need it. Plus, how could I pass up the smiley red head on the front? 🙂

  7. I would love to have this book and learn more about CAS! My 3 year old son has suspected CAS and I am always trying to learn more about his condition and how I can help him overcome his challenges!

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