What is Apraxia? How do I know if my child has Apraxia?
Apraxia is a motor speech disorder that goes by many names; Apraxia, Apraxia of Speech (AOS), Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS)…but for a child with Apraxia, it means only one thing.
- A child with Apraxia often knows what they want to say, but has difficulty carrying out the motor movement to say it.
- For a child with Apraxia, being understood by others is often difficult, and talking can become frustrating.
- A child with Apraxia typically uses many vowels in their speech, but has trouble incorporating appropriate consonants and consonant-vowel combinations into their speech. They might say “ee aunt ore” instead of “me want more.”
- A child with Apraxia may not respond to traditional Speech Therapy, and may need a more systematic and repetitive approach designed to train their motor system to simply do what they want it to do!!
- A child with Apraxia can get the intervention they need by a Speech-Language Pathologist and can become intelligible and successful communicators!