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What is Apraxia of Speech?

Apraxia of Speech

Apraxia of Speech is a neurological disorder characterized by the brain’s inability to complete the necessary pathways to instruct the speech muscles, despite knowing what it wants to say. Unlike weakness or paralysis in the facial muscles used for speech, apraxia of speech stems from a breakdown in the coordination between the brain and the muscles involved in speech production.

There are two main types of apraxia: acquired apraxia of speech and childhood apraxia of speech. Acquired apraxia of speech can affect individuals of any age and is typically caused by damage to specific areas of the brain responsible for speech. This damage leads to the loss or impairment of previously acquired speaking abilities. On the other hand, childhood apraxia of speech is present from birth, and its direct cause is not yet fully understood.

Identifying Apraxia of Speech can Involve Observing Several Symptoms 

  • Difficulty pronouncing sounds
  • Making inconsistent sound errors 
  • Groping for sounds – trying a sound several times before they’re able to produce it correctly
  • Making errors in tone, stress or rhythm 

These symptoms highlight the challenges individuals with apraxia of speech face when it comes to coordinating the precise movements required for fluent speech production.

At Crawl Walk Jump Run (CWJR), our therapy clinic specializes in providing comprehensive treatment for a wide range of speech and language disorders, including apraxia of speech. Through our one-on-one intensive therapy sessions, our team of dedicated professionals focuses on helping individuals improve their speech production skills, overcome communication barriers, and regain their confidence.

Our highly trained therapists utilize evidence-based techniques, tailored interventions, and individualized treatment plans to address the unique needs of each client. We believe in a holistic approach that encompasses not only therapy sessions but also education, training, and ongoing advocacy to support our clients and their families throughout their journey.

Apraxia of speech may present challenges, but with the right therapy and support, individuals can make significant progress in their speech and communication skills. Let CWJR be your partner on this journey towards improved speech and enhanced communication abilities.

CWJR is proud to be Michigan’s #1 therapy clinic for adults and children with neurological and orthopedic conditions. 

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