Where is Tatum’s Voice?
Our Journey With Childhood Apraxia of Speech
Illustrated by Jeremy Provost
“Your daughter is diagnosed with childhood apraxia of speech, a rare neurological speech and motor disorder.” Those words rattled us to our core and changed our lives forever. Despite this diagnosis, we were determined to do whatever it took to help our daughter, Tatum. This is our story; our journey with apraxia. This book describes the struggles of Tatum’s apraxia—but also the hopes and dreams that Tatum’s voice will be heard.
36 page softcover, 8.5 x 8.5 inches
ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Bridget Tippett
Advocate, teacher, wife, and mom, Bridget Tippett, is beyond blessed to have written her first book. She feels strongly that every child deserves a voice and is passionate about being an apraxia advocate for her daughter, Tatum, and other children who are diagnosed with this rare neurological speech and motor disorder. Bridget, her husband Dan, their children, Jack, and Tatum, and their dog Rudy live in southwest Wisconsin.
To the reader,
I have wanted to write a book for quite some time. When Tatum was diagnosed with apraxia, I knew this would be the topic of my book. When I started writing, the words flowed so easily, as this is our life—our journey. I wrote this book to raise awareness about this rare neurological speech and motor disorder. Apraxia occurs in only 1 out of 1,000 (less than 1%) of children. I hope by reading this book, you gain knowledge and understand this invisible disorder. I believe every child deserves a voice and will use it to create a kinder and better world!
Where is Tatum’s Voice? is the true story of a family’s journey to support their daughter, who was born with a rare speech disorder known as childhood apraxia of speech. Bridget Tippett does an excellent job of showing the ups and downs of being a child with this disorder, as well as the experiences of the child’s family members.
Through sharing her family’s journey, Bridget is raising awareness for a rare and often misunderstood speech disorder that affects thousands of children and their families.
This important story is wonderfully told and beautifully illustrated. It is a heartfelt expression of love, resilience, perseverance, and hope.
Where is Tatum’s Voice? is a must read for parents and educators and those with curiosity about the diversity of others. Speech Apraxia is a challenging diagnosis, but with the understanding and encouragement of those around precious Tatum (and others), she will succeed and flourish in the world today! It is books like this, that help both adults and childhood peers form a sense of appreciation towards others and realize we all want the same things in life—friendship, acceptance, love and happiness.