Childhood Apraxia of Speech Signs and Treatment

What is Childhood Apraxia of Speech

The American Speech and hearing Association defines Childhood Apraxia of Speech as a motor speech disorder that makes it hard to speak.

Signs and Symptoms From ASHA

“Not all children with CAS are the same. Your child may show some or all of the signs below. You should talk to your doctor and see an SLP if your child is older than 3 years and

  • Does not always say words the same way every time;
  • Tends to put the stress on the wrong syllable or word;
  • Distorts or changes sounds; or
  • Can say shorter words more clearly than longer words.

Children with CAS may have other problems, including

  • Difficulty with fine motor skills;
  • Delayed language; or
  • Problems with reading, spelling, and writing.”

How Should We Approach Treatment for Apraxia of Speech?

There are many approaches we take when approaching Childhood Apraxia of speech. Parent training, frequency, and a multimodal treatment plan are very important. We encourage parents to sit in on all treatment sessions if they are able and provide materials and lesson plans to continue at home in between sessions. A few can be found below. We believe in using approaches and tailoring them to your child

How Do We Start?

We start with an evaluation with our speech language pathologists and develop a therapy plan to help you meet your goals!