My name is Traci and I have three beautiful children. My oldest, a 4 year old girl, was diagnosed a couple of years ago with Dyspraxia and Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS). Dyspraxia is a neurological disorder that affects motor skill development. The way I describe it to people is that her brain does not correctly translate the input signals it receives—it’s all jumbled up— so simple tasks like walking, jumping, climbing stairs, catching a ball, or handling a fork and knife are extremely challenging. For those on the severe end of the spectrum (like my daughter), more complex motor skills like talking are affected, which is called Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS). Both Dyspraxia and CAS are life-long disorders. But with intense physical and speech therapy, there is hope that she will lead a normal, productive life.
When my daughter was one (before we had a diagnosis or had begun therapy), she was clearly showing signs of her disorder and rarely displayed emotional reactions. In fact, her pediatrician suspected Autism. When her grandmother gave her the Music for Me CD for Christmas, we could not believe how her face lit up when she heard her name in the song! Since then we have purchased several of the personalized music CDs for her and our boys. These CDs continue to be her most favorite pastime, before books, toys, and even cartoons! She listens to her CDs every day, at home and in the car, smiling and dancing. There is nothing else that solicits this type of reaction from her, or from the boys! This is why I decided to become a distributor for these products—to bring this type of happiness to other children. It is truly amazing to see how these kids light up when they hear their name in the songs!
Of course being one of ‘those’ moms, I often scour the Internet to find out more about these disorders. There is very little information available and very few resources. In fact, one of her ‘specialists’ (she has seen many) proclaimed to me that Dyspraxia is a ‘symptom’, not a ‘diagnosis’. I then asked, What is the cause? No answer. Other countries, such as the UK, are far ahead of the US in their diagnosis and available treatments for children with Dyspraxia.
Not long ago I discovered The Dyspraxia Foundation USA. This foundation is committed to being the source for the latest information and research and is dedicated to building awareness and acceptance.
Songs for Me donates a portion of their proceeds to The Dyspraxia Foundation USA. Like every other family out there with children affected by a life-long condition, we are tirelessly dedicated to supporting research that may help or cure our children. They are our life, our love, and our future.
Thank you for supporting Songs for Me and The Dyspraxia Foundation USA!