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Joshua had a long week. We saw the Urologist to discuss his circumcision revision (poor kid, how much worse does it get than that) and the Speech Pathologist all in one week. In a very interesting twist of the straight and narrow, we discovered that Joshua has Childhood Apraxia of Speech. We had long thought that he had a normal speech delay related to the Acid Reflux, but apparently this is not the case. The Speech Pathologist tested him quite extensively and asked if anyone had ever mentioned apraxia to us. I said no and asked what it was...she explained that apraxia is a neurological disconnect between hearing and speaking. He hears normally, but he cannot translate what he hears into what comes out of his mouth. Hence the speaking in vowel sounds and grunts (and we just thought he'd make a perfect Marine).

Joshua had a special sedated hearing test in the Spring showed some neurologic abnormality in the auditory brainstem, but the SLP (Speech & Language Pathologist) could not identify the significance of that result. Now that Joshua is 3 and could have more extensive testing done (under a new SLP), they were able to pinpoint the abnormality as Apraxia.

I have to admit I am a little bummed, although glad to have an idea of the challenges we will be facing in the coming years. I am thankful that God has convicted me to homeschool, as I do not want him "labeled" by the school or his peers. His potential for learning is just as high as everyone else, he'll just need to learn things in a different way. I also cling to the fact that God has a plan and a purpose for Joshua's life and He is going to use Joshua is mighty ways.

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WF/GF Teriyaki Sauce

Teriyaki chicken is by far Joshua's favorite food. We learned this while completing a food trial before a GI scope. Unfortunately, it gives him terrible hives (because of the wheat in the soy sauce). I feel terrible depriving him of one of the few foods he devours, so I went in search of GF Teriyaki Sauce. I was hoping that San-J would make one in a bottle, similar to their wheat free soy sauce, but they don't. What I did find was a great recipe using the San-J WF soy sauce.

WF/ GF Teriyaki Sauce

1/2 cup GF soy sauce (San-J Tamari sauce)
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 Tbsp oil
1/4 tsp ground pepper
1/2 clove garlic
1 tsp dry ginger

Mix well and let set for 20-30 minutes. Refrigerate and store unused portion.

(I found this recipe here)

I made this for his Birthday dinner last night and he LOVED it. So did my 4 year old and my husband. I will definitely be keeping this one on hand!!!


A Neat Trick

Wheat Free/ Gluten Free Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches

Joshua is not too fond of Wheat Free/Gluten Free Bread...at least not the ones we have tried so far. (And I can't say that I blame him, I didn't care for them either). But out of desperation I came up with a great trick. I use gluten free pancakes to make him peanut butter & jelly sandwiches.

When I make pancakes, I always double the recipe and freeze the leftovers. When I need to make a sandwich (like today, because we are meeting friends at the park for a picnic), I just grab 2 pancakes and use them for bread.

I use Pamela's Wheat-Free & Gluten Free Ultimate Baking & Pancake Mix for my pancakes. I have tried many recipes for making them from scratch, but the wheat free flours are expensive and there is no guarantee that he will like or eat them. Trust me - I have bags of flours I will never touch again in my pantry because of this experiment! Anyhow, I finally settled on Pamela's mix and even my wheat-eating 4 year old will eat these pancakes. They are easy to make (just add water and egg) and they are moist and tasty. The mix does contain almond meal, so there are little brown flakes in it, but my kids don't seem to mind.

So that's is...
2 Pancakes + Peanut Butter + Jelly =
One Happy 3 year old boy!