Supplements for Children with Apraxia of Speech
We have seen AMAZING progress in our son Thatcher, who has severe apraxia, ever since we began giving him supplements 10 months ago. Many people have asked me what supplements we give him. I am posting about it here for anyone else who may be looking for information on supplements for children with apraxia.
We decided to use supplements after reading “What’s Eating Your Child,” by Kelly Dorfman (a friend recommended it to me) and attending a seminar Kelly Dormfan gave. She has a new edition of the same book called, “Cure Your Child With Food.”
In her book, Kelly Dorfman explains the reason why all three supplements need to taken together.
In short, it is because the pathways for motor planning need strengthened. And it takes all three supplements to do it properly. One of the supplements acts like the support beams you need when building a house, one is like the doors and windows and the other is like the calk and nails. All three are important to have a sturdy structure. All three supplements are important in strengthening the motor planning pathways in the brain.
So here is the deal, you need:
You need to check how much epa and dha it has in each dose. The back of the bottle will say something like epa-275 mg and dha 725 mg. You want the combined number of the two to be at least 1000. We give Thatcher 1 tsp of the Nordic Naturals a day and that is well over the 1000 mark.
There are a couple different options you can do for the fish oil. We started out with the Speak Smooth. Speak Smooth combines the Omega-3s and vitamin E together. We later switched to the Nordic Naturals Liquid and added our own vitamin e to it by squeezing it out of a capsule.
Right now he takes the Nordic Naturals, swallows or chews a vitamin e and chokes down liquid phoscol.
The phoscol is disgusting. We have been fortunate that Thatcher will take it without having to hide it in anything. We tell him it is important and it will help him keep getting better and better at his good talking.
He LOVED the taste of the Speak Smooth (It taste sort of like an orange creamsicle) but Thatcher is a big boy (90 lb 5 year old) and the amount of Speak he needed everyday was an extra 100+ calories that we didn’t think we could justify when he could get the same supplement (just not as tasty) with the liquid strawberry flavored Nordic Naturals, which has very few calories.
I have pictures below of the exact supplements we have used and had success with. It is a little pricey (especially Speak Smooth) but it has been so worth it to us.
(Also, when I told people we were using Speak, I got mixed reactions. Some people told me we shouldn’t use it because it isn’t FDA approved. Others sent me articles on how the people who created it are just doing it to get gain. I used it anyway. The people who created it did so because they themselves had children with special needs and knew these supplements would help them, but couldn’t get them to take them because they were so gross. They figured out how to make it taste decent. I say good for them. As far as the FDA comments, what I found was that it was non-FDA reviewed or approved, which for some reason doesn’t scare me that bad. I read the ingredients and felt okay abut giving it to him. I feel like it really helped my son. You have to make decisions based on what you feel good about. And of course consult with your pediatrician.)
(10/05/15 update about Speak Smooth: Three weeks ago I received a $28.00 check as form of settlement from a lawsuit brought against the Speak Smooth Company. I was unaware of the lawsuit until I received the check. The lawsuit was brought against them because they claimed that their product could help kids with Speech Disorders and this could not be proven. Even with this turn of events, I still have no regrets of giving this product to my son. We saw a tremendous improvement in his speech when he was taking this product paired with the phoscol.)
It took about four or five weeks for us to start seeing what a difference the supplements were making, so if you don’t see it right at first don’t give up! (when we really noticed a difference is when we forgot it on a extended vacation….his words became fewer and there was a noticeable difference in his articulation and speech.)
With the suppliments he went from very chop-y speech. To filling in more of the blanks. Here is an example.”Ma, me, drink,” to “Mom, me want drink.” Once we started getting more words in the sentences we could focus on articulation and grammar.
If you have any questions, please e-mail me or leave a comment.
I hope this can be as big of help to you and your child as it has been for us!
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I am in no way affiliated with any of these companies or people mentioned in this post. I am strictly showing what we use/have used and where we purchased them.