I wanted to do a quick post on Fish Oil and Apraxia. I get quite a few emails about the brand and dosage that I give Cooper. Cooper hasn’t been diagnosed with Apraxia as of March 2014 but he does have ‘some’ of the symptoms and I feel that giving him Fish Oil can only help his overall well being.
Apraxia, or Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS)is a developmental disorder that affects the ability to say sounds, syllables and words. Children with Apraxia often display problems with coordination, range of movements, regulation of emotions (Cooper!!!), and short-term memory.
How Does Fish Oil Help?
I’m not going to get into all the medical jargon but I will say that Apraxia (and other neurological conditions) has been linked to deficiencies in fatty acids.
Here is how I think of it and yes, this is VERY simple. But, I am often simple.
Think of a bunch of roads in your brain. Their sole purpose is to tell your body what to do and when to do it. Now picture that the roads are all messed up. They are full of potholes and aren’t smooth. Hard to drive on as they say! They need a little work. And now imagine that a Fatty Acid, like Fish Oil, can fill in these holes. They make the roads stronger and smoother. Sounds hopeful, right?
As of 2011, growing research demonstrates that children afflicted with these conditions might show improvements when treated with supplements that contain fatty acids, including DHA and EPA, according to pediatrician Claudia Morris from the Children’s Hospital & Research Center in Oakland, California, as well as Medline Plus, a medical website sponsored by the National Institutes of Health. DHA and EPA are the two omega-3 fatty acids contained in fish oil.
Brand and Dosage
After doing my research, I decided to start Cooper on the Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega Liquid. Nordic Naturals has the BEST reviews for safety and quality. And I don’t mess around when it comes to my kids. I also liked that this brand has a blend of different types of Omega-3 fatty acids. It tastes like lemon and does not smell or have a fishy taste. I add 1 1/2 TSP with half water and half juice in a sippy cup. He gets Fish Oil once a day, usually in the afternoons. (I store the fish oil in the fridge.)
But, Does it Work?
I say yes. I firmly believe in my heart that this is helping Cooper. When he takes Fish Oil he is extremely ‘chatty.’ I even hear a wider variety of sounds. If we miss if for a few days, which does happen, I notice that he is quieter.
While I am ALWAYS hoping for a miracle with Cooper’s speech, I know that it isn’t Fish Oil. Or going Gluten Free or whatever. I know that it will take time and therapy. I get that. But, for right now, I am happy with the Fish Oil.