Book recommendations for Childhood Apraxia of Speech

By Laura Smith|August 11, 2017|Apraxia, apraxia blog, Childhood Apraxia of Speech|

If you are like me, when your child was first diagnosed with apraxia, you turned to every source of information you could find, credible or not, just eager to gobble up any and all information on apraxia.  Heck, I’m an SLP and I did this!

I think for me, though, my favorite books are always ones that inspire hope.  Actually, these are probably my favorite stories too.  I’m always looking for hope, because sometimes, in the middle of the struggle, it’s so easy to get discouraged.  I started his blog as a way to spread awareness and I found both hope and awareness the day I met Ronda Rousey.  Not only was that moment and press coverage amazing, but honestly her book is full of inspiration and overcoming adversity that is chalk full of great quotes.  Knowing she had apraxia as a child is the icing on the top.  (Note this book does NOT directly talk about apraxia.  That was uncovered after she wrote the book).  To see that story go here.

This year I went to the apraxia conference, and saw Kate Hennessey, a young woman who had grown up with apraxia, speak in front of all of us. She co-wrote the book “Anything but Silent” with her mom.  You can read my review here, but again, this book is full of inspiration!  Definitely one of my faves!   I devoured it.

I recently asked on my facebook page, what resource others found helpful, particularly in those early stages of an apraxia diagnosis, and many found the book “Speaking of Apraxia” extremely helpful.  If you are interested, I did an interview with the author here.


I haven’t personally read “Waiting for a Voice,” but a few of my readers said it was good. It’s written by a mom who has a child with verbal dyspraxia, which is the term they use for Childhood Apraxia of Speech in the U.K.


“Here’s How to Treat Childhood Apraxia of Speech”  is a technical book geared more toward SLP’s.  It’s written by an apraxia expert Margaret “Dee” Fish who gives talks and conferences nationwide.  It was recently updated too.  It’s a good manual for learning where to start.

“Not What I Expected: Help and Hope for Parents of Atypical Children,” is written by a neuropsychologist who offers advice and hope for parents dealing with the emotional challenges they face.  This is on my book list.  It was a finalist for “Books for a Better Life Award,” and some readers said they found it very helpful and comforting.


Have a book you think should be listed?  Comment below!

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