Why I Am a Passionate Advocate for My Son on the Autism Spectrum

By : Michelle Foreman I am an autism mama — proudly, unabashedly and passionately. I am passionate because when my son was 5 years old, eleven schools refused his admission with no explanation other than a half-hearted “we’re not sure he’s ready.” The same child who was talking in full sentences at 14 months, knew his alphabet at 16 months and could …

Many with Autism Have Oral Apraxia, But What Is It, Exactly?

Oral apraxia is a motor disorder that causes a person to be unable to properly move his or her lips, jaw, or tongue on command to properly produce words and/or make appropriate facial expressions. Some may be unable to control their breathing on command as well. NOTE: In cases where the main issue is verbal communication rather than facial movement, a similar …