May is the month of “Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS)” awareness.
Apraxia is a motor speech disorder that makes it difficult for children to speak. Children with the diagnosis of apraxia of speech generally have a good understanding of language and know what they want to say.
However, they have difficulty learning or carrying out the complex sequenced movements that are necessary for intelligible speech.
A Child With Apraxia Of Speech (CAS), Does Not Overcome It By Growing Up!
The causes of apraxia are either acquired or present from birth.
Some of the main symptoms are:
- Didifficulty pronouncing words correctly.
- Making inconsistent errors in speech.
- Making errors in tone, stress, or rhythm.
- Another common characteristic of AOS is the incorrect use of prosody.
- Groping movements with the jaw, lips or tongue to make the correct movement for speech sounds
- Vowel distortions, such as attempting to use the correct vowel, but saying it incorrectly
- Using the wrong stress in a word, such as pronouncing "banana" as "BUH-nan-uh" instead of "buh-NAN-uh"
- Separation of syllables, such as putting a pause or gap between syllables
- Inconsistency, such as making different errors when trying to say the same word a second time
- Difficulty imitating simple words
- Inconsistent voicing errors, such as saying "down" instead of "town"
There are various treatment approaches used for apraxia.
A Speech Language Pathologist with experience evaluating and treating children with apraxia can test your child’s speech and language.
Family and friends also must assist, be understanding and follow the instructions of speech therapists, to have the best results.
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