Apraxia of Speech – May 14th is Apraxia Awareness Day!
Both Mr. T and Mr. F have Childhood Apraxia of Speech. In simple terms, it’s a neuro-motor planning disorder which means they know what they want to say and how to say it but there is a disconnect somewhere along the pathway from their brain to their mouth muscles. Apraxia has many facets and many degrees of severity. It can also come with many co-diagnoses like SPD, APD, dyslexia, dysgraphia, etc. We are blessed to have a wonderful team of speech and occupational therapists working with the boys and with me so I can continue to help them at home.
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What is Apraxia?
Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) is a motor speech disorder that first becomes apparent as a young child is learning speech. For reasons not yet fully understood, children with apraxia of speech have great difficulty planning and producing the precise, highly refined and specific series of movements of the tongue, lips, jaw and palate that are necessary for intelligible speech. Apraxia of speech is sometimes called verbal apraxia, developmental apraxia of speech, or verbal dyspraxia. No matter what name is used, the most important concept is the root word “praxis.” Praxis means planned movement. To some degree or another, a child with the diagnosis of apraxia of speech has difficulty programming and planning speech movements. Apraxia of speech is a specific speech disorder. This difficulty in planning speech movements is the hallmark or “signature” of childhood apraxia of speech.
The challenge and difficulty that children with apraxia have in creating speech can seem very perplexing to parents, especially when they observe the skill of learning to speak developing seemingly without effort in other children. (Direct quote from the Apraxia-kids.org Family Start Guide)
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