Oral and Verbal Apraxia
What is Oral Apraxia?
Oral Apraxia is a disorder where a child exhibits difficulty easily coordinating and initiating movement of the jaw, lips, tongue and soft palate. This may impact feeding and/or speech skills.
As children develop motor skills the muscle function of the oral mechanism continues to become more sophisticated and interactive. If this does not occur in a progressive pattern feeding and/or sound and speech production will be negatively impacted.
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How is it treated?
Therapy with the speech pathologist will incorporate direct facilitation of the muscles of the oral mechanism. This is done gradually so the child learns to accept and enjoy the treatment. As the child begins to accept this therapy, suggestions for home follow up will be given to the family.
What is verbal apraxia?
Verbal Apraxia is a disorder where a child has great difficulty with the volitional production of speech. Other terms used for verbal apraxia are “Developmental Verbal Dyspraxia (DVD)”, “Developmental Apraxia of Speech (DAS)”, or “Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS)”.
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How it is treated?
The speech pathologists at PTC will design a treatment plan that is customized for each child. This will include stimulation of correct sound production in a fun play setting and ideas for the parent to incorporate at home to stimulate the child’s skills.