Some Things to Know about Childhood Apraxia of Speech

 

What is apraxia of speech?

Apraxia of speech, also known as verbal apraxia or dyspraxia, is a speech disorder in which a person has trouble saying what he or she wants to say correctly and consistently. It is not due to weakness or paralysis of the speech muscles (the muscles of the face, tongue, and lips). The severity of apraxia of speech can range from mild to severe.

Some excellent tips for what parents can do for their child when working with them at home:

  • songs (monkeys swinging in the tree or jumping on the bed , Old MacDonald )
  • poems
  • verbal routines (pat-a-cake , Willaby Walloby Woo)
  • repetitive books (i.e. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? , Dear Zoo , Goodnight Moon)
  • daily routines (prayers, social routines, pledge of allegiance)
Childhood Apraxia of Speech Does Get Better! Not all kids will gain speech growth in the same manner, but they do get better.  This is a wonderful thing!  There’s a reason it’s called ‘childhood’—the duration of CAS is typically birth thru 8 years.  It could be a little less or a little more, depending on your child’s personality, determination/motivation, overall intelligence, access to therapy, home practice, and co-occuring disorders like AD/HD, autism, Down’s syndrome, anxiety, etc.  Sure, your child may slip up from time to time on challenging words, when they are tired or stressed, or learning a new set of vocabulary (math terms, history, science), but overall your child’s speech should be on-par with peers around age 8.
If you have any questions or concerns contact Speech Language Pathologist Christine Wilson.

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