Does your child show good understanding of language, but have a hard time getting their words out or putting words together? Childhood apraxia of speech (CAS) is a motor speech disorder that impacts a child's ability to speak. Due to deficits in their motor planning system, children with apraxia of speech have difficulty learning or carrying out the complex sequenced movements of their articulators (tongue, lips, and jaw) that are necessary for intelligible speech. Children with CAS often demonstrate limited babbling, however, not all children with limited babbling are diagnosed with CAS.
Benefits of Speech Therapy for Apraxia:
Pediatric speech-language pathologists can diagnose and provide treatment to systematically target the motor skills needed to improve speech production to help children with CAS build effective communication skills. By participating in speech therapy for apraxia of speech, children can:
Improve spontaneous speech abilities.
Learn to combine simple and complex speech sounds to produce more words.
Learn to combine words into longer utterances.