Childhood Apraxia

Childhood apraxia is a motor-speech disorder that manifests in an inability to form voluntary movements in speech apparatus due to muscular weakness or paralysis. This problem is caused by an inability to plan speech in the central nervous system. A child cannot form a great many sounds, syllables or words but he/she mostly knows what he/she wants to say. Initial signs may occur shortly after birth once a baby does not start to babble, the child is late saying his/her first word or the child pronounces only a few consonants and vowels, has difficulty combining sounds or pauses between words and simplifies them. A child often appears to trying to prepare their speech organs before saying a word. Children with speech apraxia understand more than they can produce and they find longer words harder than shorter ones. Additionally linguistic difficulties, fine motor impairment and coordination, hypersensitivity or sensitivity within the oral cavity and difficulties in mastering reading and writing (ASHA, 2007) may also occur.


Written on 17.12.2019.
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