Childhood apraxia of speech (CAS) is a motor speech disorder affecting a child’s ability to say sounds, syllables and words. A child with CAS knows what he or she wants to say but their brain has problems planning to move the body parts needed to produce speech. Signs and symptoms of this disorder may include the following:
• Does not coo or babble as an infant
• First words are late and maybe missing sounds
• Difficulty combing sounds
• Makes inconsistent sound errors
• Can understand language much better than he/she can use language
• Has difficulty imitating speech
• Appears to be groping when attempting to produce sounds or to coordinate the lips, tongue, and jaw for purposeful movement.
• Appears to have more difficulties speaking when he/she is anxious
Childhood apraxia of speech can be diagnosed by one of our Nampa speech language pathologist and a treatment plan can be created. Speech therapy is recommended 3 to 5 times a week to improve the planning, sequencing and coordination of muscle movements for speech production. Through the proceeding strategies, childhood apraxia of speech can be curtailed over the long term provided consistent, focused therapy ensues.
The staff at Communicate Therapy Services, LLC located in Nampa, Idaho is able to evaluate and treat individuals with apraxia.