Posted on Monday, October 17, 2016 by Anna 1 minute
Verbal dyspraxia or childhood apraxia of speech is a motor disorder concerning the planning and execution of movements to achieve intelligible speech. Although there is no weakness or paralysis, children with verbal dyspraxia finds it difficult to perform smooth, accurate and coordinated movements.
According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA):
The brain has problems planning to move the body parts (e.g., lips, jaw, tongue) needed for speech. The child knows what he or she wants to say, but his/her brain has difficulty coordinating the muscle movements necessary to say those words.
Verbal dyspraxia remains a complex speech motor disorder. Each child may present varying characteristics. Most common signs include:
Speech and language pathologists may perform the following:
Children with verbal dyspraxia of speech progress differently. This means that it is a changing condition and as children progress, their difficulty may change and they may sound different.
It is important to note that verbal dyspraxia is a motor speech disorder. The difficulty comes from the child’s brain not being able to sequence messages he wants to express by coordinating the mouth muscles to work together to form clear speech. The cause of this disorder is still unknown. However, in some cases, it is a result of genetic disorders, some syndromes or brain injury.
Children with verbal dyspraxia will not simply outgrow this difficulty. It is a condition that will not show improvement if appropriate treatment and intervention are not provided. Speech-language therapists are trained professionals who can provide intensive intervention that can show significant progress.
This article is just an overview of verbal dyspraxia. We hope that you will continue reading and learning about it. Stay tuned for the next article discussing on some management guidelines and techniques to help individuals with verbal dyspraxia.