Apraxia Facts

Apraxia is one of several different types of neurological speech disorders. Misdiagnosis can, and does happen, and for that reason, it is so important that your child be evaluated by a therapist with experience in this particular speech disorder. Apraxia is not your typical speech delay, and it requires a very specific treatment plan; not all Speech Therapists are trained in it, and in fact, many are not. As parents, we put our trust in the professionals, and count on them to guide us to what’s best for our child, and their needs; for this reason, misdiagnosis is not an option. Listed below are the facts behind apraxia. These are the patterns that an apraxic child will display, versus a child with another type of speech disorder. If you are seeing the right therapist, this is essentially their check-off list.

APRAXIA FACTS:

– Difficulty stringing syllables together in the appropriate order to make words

– Minimal babbling during infancy

– Difficulty saying long or complex words

– Repeated attempts at pronunciation of words

– Speech inconsistencies

– Incorrect inflections or stresses on certain sounds or words

– Excessive use of nonverbal forms of communication

– Distorting of vowel sounds

– Omitting consonants at the beginnings and ends of words

– Seeming to grope or struggle to make words

– Limited vocabulary

– Grammatical errors

– Problems with coordination and fine motor skills

– Difficulties chewing and swallowing

– Clumsiness

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One thought on “Apraxia Facts

  1. Great idea Sheila, I wish I had thought of doing a blog when we started our journey with our Caden when he received his diagnosis at 2 and a half. We also went to FDH for about 9 months.
    Good luck in your journey, if you have any questions feel free to email me, I’m not sure how much I can help as we’re still on the uphill climb but it’s always nice to have someone who can relate!
    Take care,
    Alissa Becker (Mom to 6 yr old healthy daughter and almost 5 yr old CAS son)

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