This week you are going to meet Jamie Tinkle. She is one of the moms of a child with special needs that was featured on the cover and in the cover story of the latest issue. Jamie has been all over the country looking for answers and finding them for her daughter. She very much believes that it “takes a village” and she is grateful to have found one. I hope it makes you happy that women like Jamie are celebrated here at Kerry Magazine.
Working to create victory and hope.
- written by Jamie Tinkle
I always feel honored when I get to tell our story because it’s not really my story to tell. Our daughter, Adalynn, is the main character. Adalynn is now 8-years-old and she is in 2nd grade. Just before she turned three she received her first developmental diagnosis of Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS). CAS is a neurological motor speech disorder where children have problems saying sounds, syllables, and words due to the brain having problems planning to move the lips, jaw, tongue etc., needed for speech.
When our daughter was diagnosed with CAS, she could not say any words or even make a sound. The fears of the unknown were numerous. Would she ever talk, have friends, would she be able to tell us what she wants or what she did at school, would others accept her?
When Addy was diagnosed with CAS, she quickly began speech therapy twice a day and five days a week. After years of going to speech therapy, I am thrilled to say that our daughter’s apraxia of speech is resolved. She continues to struggle with fluency of speech, some articulation and social delays, but she is a chatty little girl who used to be silent for so many years.
Along our journey over the past five years, Adalynn has received many more labels associated with the spectrum of symptoms and behavior observed by professionals, teachers, therapists, and doctors. The Development Pediatricians labeled her Developmentally Delayed, the psychologists and behaviorists called it Autism Spectrum Disorder, Occupational Therapists called it Sensory Processing Disorder, Physical Therapy called it motor coordination disorder, many professionals and teachers labeled her with ADD, dyslexia, dysgraphia and dyscalculia. We traveled the country going to experts and doing intensive therapy.
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Later in her story Jamie talks about the importance of self-care in her life:
Part of my truth that I have learned through this chapter of our life is, heal yourself and you will heal your child. I’ve never been particularly good at slowing down and really taking care of myself. And that struggle to focus on myself and believe I matter was quickly consumed with Addy’s needs when she was born and continued grow. Taking time to take care of myself so I can take care of Addy is incredibly important and incredibly hard.
This last part is the main reason this magazine exists. To empower women and to help them feel beautiful as they are right now. Both inside and out.
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