Apraxia of Speech Treatments for Children & Adults
No two children with childhood apraxia of speech are alike. That’s why apraxia therapy requires the special expertise of speech-language pathologists with extensive experience in treating the condition.
At Princeton Speech-Language & Learning Center, our therapists use the latest methods, including PROMPT and Kaufman Speech Praxis Treatment Technique, to help children improve motor-speech coordination. With intensive therapy — multiple sessions a week, in addition to school-based services — children with developmental apraxia of speech can experience significant improvement, if not a full recovery.
What is Apraxia?
Apraxia is a motor-speech disorder in which the brain has trouble making the lips, tongue and mouth move properly to form sounds and words. The cause of apraxia in children is usually not known. Signs of apraxia can often be seen in children as young as 18 months, including a lack of cooing and babbling; first words that are late or missing sounds; and repeatedly simplifying words by deleting sounds (i.e. “nana” instead of “banana”).
Older children with apraxia may have difficulty combining sounds, saying long words or speaking in a way that new people can understand. In general, children with apraxia very often understand language much better than they can speak.
Because childhood apraxia of speech can mimic other developmental and speech problems, it is important to have your child evaluated by a speech-language pathologist, who can rule out other causes.
A childhood apraxia treatment program includes speech therapy aimed at improving the coordination of muscle movements for speech production. Research shows children with apraxia have the most success when they receive frequent (three to five times per week), one-on-one, intensive treatment.
Speech practice is particularly important in childhood apraxia. We work with family members on techniques to help reinforce lessons from the therapy room at home.
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