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 )
- 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)