About

Hi I’m Leslie. I live in suburban Chicago with my husband and two little girls, Kate and Kelly. Although I’m an “at home” parent, I’m rarely at home. What am I doing? Step-aerobics, yoga, hanging out with friends, shopping at Target, reading and writing in coffee shops, and carting kids around to their various activities, or decorating something. I’d love to hear from you, so drop me a line at leslie_lindsay@hotmail.com. I try my best to respond, but I always read and appreciate your thoughts, comments and experiences.

Parenting Background/perspective: From my early days as a teenage babysitter to my job as a Child and Adolescent Psych R.N. at the Mayo Clinic, educating, supporting, and enriching kids’ lives–and their parents–has been a passion of mine. A lot of my ideas come from some of the treatment and education groups that I used to lead. I also read a lot of parenting type books and journals, and of course I practice parenting on a daily basis! Some days I am better at it than others.

My Education: I attended the University of Missouri-Columbia where I was a Cum Laude graduate of the Sinclair School of Nursing (BSN) with a minor in psychology.

Apraxia Book: After years of research, writing, and trying to get a publisher–I finally did. Just because I couldn’t find a book about childhood apraxia of speech (CAS) when my daughter was diagnosed doesn’t mean you won’t.  Speaking of Apraxia: A Parent’s Guide to Understanding and Coping with Childhood Apraxia of Speech.  It covers everything you ever wanted to know about CAS from the muddy definition to history of the disorder, ways to help, and understanding the school system.

Speaking of Apraxia: A Parent’s Guide to Childhood Apraxia of Speech (Woodbine House, March 2012)
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6 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi Leslie
    I am a current speech graduate working on my clinical fellow year. I have worked with a few children with CAS and I find myself in an area of speech therapy that I love. I would love to be able to read and share your book with my kiddos parents but since I am just out of grad school my finances are tight. Would you consider donating a copy of your book to the lending library I started for the parents of my kiddos? I have several books on Aspergers and SPD (since I have journeyed through both with my 14 year old son) but only one on CAS at this time. Thank you for considering my offer. Your insights would be so very helpful to the parents.
    Thanks again.
    Meg Carabini

      1. Hi my name is Tabatha. I am trying to figure out what everything is about my son is three and got diagnosed with speech apraxia. I have read many things. And I found you I would love to purchase your book where can I?

      2. Hi Tabitha and welcome to “Club Apraxia.” I am so glad you found me and would love to send you in the right direction for obtaining SPEAKING OF APRAXIA (Woodbine House, 2012). 1) Some libraries have the book (if not at your local branch, consider asking the reference desk if they could purchase a copy and add to their shelves). 2) Some local bookstores, including Barnes & Noble carry it (again, if they don’t, it can easily be ordered). You can also purchase directly from the publisher, Woodbine House. They are all about parenting special needs and often have sales, plus other books that may speak to you. Finally, Amazon carries new and used copies for about $20.

        If you’re looking in other places to find me, I’m also on FB where I have a page dedicated to apraxia-related things.
        Host bestselling and debut (mostly fiction authors) at http://www.leslielindsay.com
        And on GoodReads, Twitter, too.
        Hope to see you around, Tabitha. Best of luck!

  2. hello leslie
    i am a single worried mother of two wonderful children. however i have just come across that my son who is four years old has CAS. I noticed at age one his words were pretty good… saying most words.. then out of the blue it seem to stop and sound more like mumbles. by the age of two his vocabulary wasnt at his level. i was very worried. i seeked medical help from different doctors only to be told my son might be autistic then he might be adhd yet that he is totally fine. after two years of fighting with doctors and being pushed around we finally got him a SLP. now with him seeing his SLP it has been determined that she believes he has CAS. so once i researched it myself and took my notes on his speech and behavior i truly feel that i have finally got an answer. its been beyond frustrating. i have spent over thousands of dollars in different books that doctors told me to get and read up on bout other medical disabilities that my son doesn’t or ever had. however the sad issue now is still trying to get him into a specialist or a pediatrician that can fully diagnose him as his SLP is not truly licensed to say yes. but i came across ur site and book on facebook. im truly grateful to you for writing a book about this rare condition. just wondering how and where i can go about on purchasing one of your books

    1. You can purchase SPEAKING OF APRAXIA, a two-times award winning book at Barnes & Noble (some have it in-store) and also on-line, Amazon.com (Kindle and paper for about $20), as well as thru the publisher Woodbine House. I’ve also gotten word that some public libraries and speech clinics have copies. Best of luck!!

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