What is Apraxia of Speech?
Apraxia of Speech (CAS) is a motor speech disorder. Children with CAS have problems saying sounds, syllables and words. This is not because of muscle weakness or paralysis. Instead, the brain has problems planning how to move the body parts (e.g. lips, jaw, tongue) needed for speech. Children with CAS generally have typical comprehension, behavior, and physical development, but have significant difficulty expressing themselves. Children with CAS generally progress slowly in therapy, require years of intensive therapy in order to communicate their wants and needs, and may have co-occurring learning difficulties (such as reading and writing) due to their severe communication challenges.
Do you know what Apraxia sounds like?
This is a video of a 4 year old boy talking about his day at the zoo.