Friday, April 18, 2008

Hearing Your Silence

Hearing Your Silence
(For All Children with Childhood Apraxia of Speech) by Donald Robin, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
We don't understand when we hear your silence We cant see behind your frustrated eyes when you plead for our attention We are unable to feel your awkwardness when you try to speak and the wrong sounds emerge We cannot be inside you to will your tongue to move when it struggles to find the roof of your mouth We don't understand the fear that consumes you when you are on the playground when you should be having fun We are not privy to your brain that creates a world of words only to have your muscles stop their meaning We do not hear your mind communicating freely only to have us look quizzically and ask for repetition We cannot sense your joy at moments of clarity only to have it rapidly disappear again and again We do know who you are when you look into our eyes We can hold you tightly when your fists clench and tears fill your vision We will struggle with you each day and night when you practice your speech sounds with great deliberation We are proud of your trying when we might just give up We share with you your pain when your mouth is tired and slow You know that we will love you when you are little and when you grow You know that we will be there for you when all seems dark and cold You know that you are special and what you want to say You know you are our children and who you are each day You know your world is full and how to find the way You know we hear your silence You know, we hear your silence You know we hear your silence

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