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Anything but silent : our family's journey through childhood apraxia of speech
Hennessy, Kathy.
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Publication Information:
Tarentum, Pa. : Word Association Publishers, 2013.
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152 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
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RJ496.S7 H46 2013 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
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What would you go through as a parent to give your child the power of speech?

Parents dream their children will achieve many great things, but most parents do not dream their children will struggle for years just to speak what is in their hearts and minds. Kathy Hennessy faced this challenge with not one but both of her children when they were diagnosed with childhood apraxia of speech.

What does a child feel like when no one in the world understands what she is trying to say?

Imagine the frustration when even your mom doesnt get it. Young Kate Hennessy understands all too well those feelings of exasperation and defeat.

In this forthright and emotional story, Kathy tells of the mountains they climbed just for her children to have a chance at speech. Hennessy tells of the battles she waged with insurance companies, pediatricians, school systems, and family, while Kate shares her own experiences and those of her brother with bullies, friends, and following their dreams.


Table of Contents

Forewordp. 11
Living Through the Diagnosis (Kathy)p. 15
My Future Begins in the Past (Kate)p. 21
First Words: When You Know That He Will Talk (Kathy)p. 24
Journeys (Kate)p. 28
There's More Going on Here than I Thought (Kathy)p. 32
Around the Corner, Around the Country (Kate)p. 37
Two Special Children; Many Choices (Kathy)p. 43
Overcoming the Odds (Kate)p. 47
A Christmas Story (Kathy)p. 52
That's Not the Way That I Remember It (Kate)p. 57
Insurance, Who's Gonna Pay (Kathy)p. 65
That Blue Cross Thing (Kate)p. 71
Conversations with Kate (Kathy)p. 75
Pretzels and Ice Cream (Kate)p. 79
More is Not Always Better (Kathy)p. 83
Lights, Camera, Buffy? (Kate)p. 89
Why Won't My Family Accept What's Going On (Kathy)p. 94
My CAS AN A Family (Kate)p. 103
School: To Label or Not To Label (Kathy)p. 107
It's All About Spell Check (Kate)p. 114
What About the Bullies? (Kathy)p. 119
He's My Brother and My Hero (Kate)p. 123
We Are Not Alone, We Never Were (Kathy)p. 128
The Research Study (Kate)p. 133
Anything But Silent (Kathy)p. 139
The Epilogue, But Not the End (Kate)p. 144
The Last Wordp. 147