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When your child can’t get his or her point across it can be incredibly frustrating. And not understanding what your child is trying to tell you can be downright disheartening.
You’re both trying. But, your child just can’t get the words out correctly.
Speech production – the actual forming of words and sounds – requires accurate movements of the jaw, lips, and tongue (i.e. your speech muscles). Not everyone’s muscles are ready and able to perform as they should.
Sometimes the brain struggles to develop plans for speech movement. It’s not that the speech muscles are weak. Rather, they can’t perform normally because the brain can’t tell them exactly what to do. This is known as verbal apraxia.
If you’ve come here because your child has speech production issues – or has been diagnosed with verbal apraxia– we can help.
We use a multi-sensory approach to get your child’s brain and speech muscles to work together. We use weekly one-on-one sessions to deliver the interventions that are most appropriate for your child.
Symptoms typically vary from child to child, and may change as your child grows up, we’ll use multiple approaches that best suit your child at a given time or overtime. [Strand, E. A., Stoeckel, R., & Baas, B. (2006). Treatment of severe childhood apraxia of speech: A treatment efficacy study. Journal of Medical Speech-Language Pathology, 14(4), 297-307.]
We might also provide Speech Production/Verbal Apraxia Therapy as part of a more intensive therapy model for our distance-therapy families, or for anyone who we need to jump-start the treatment process with an intensive model.
Since verbal apraxia occurs in the brain, it’s classified as a neurological disorder. But, there may not be obvious causes. Apraxia could be caused by an infection, illness, injury, or trauma that affected the brain’s development. It could also be related to other conditions including some genetic disorders, degenerative disorders, metabolic disorders, and even seizure disorders. [https://www.asha.org/PRPSpecificTopic.aspx?folderid=8589935338§ion=Causes]
Verbal apraxia isn’t very common and can be hard to diagnosis. Symptoms can also vary from mild to severe. The most frequently found symptoms of apraxia are: