Here is an article on Apraxia - specifically childhood Apraxia of Speech.
Apraxia is a condition characterized by an inability to carry out actions, despite
having the desire and physical ability. With Speech Apraxia, there is a difficulty
planning the movements necessary for speech. When this condition afflicts a
child, it is called Developmental Apraxia of Speech.
You can learn something about Apraxia by reading our article further
down on this page, titled "Toddlers Diagnosed with Apraxia".
Learn about one woman's experience with Apraxia in her toddler. Read about how he
was diagnosed and what treatments are working to improve his condition.
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Toddlers Diagnosed with Apraxia
Parents have all heard that every child learns at their own pace when it comes to
talking. But how do you know when your child seems to be behind most of his peers?
In my son's case, children in his playgroup asked me why he wasn't talking back to
them. This prompted me to take my 29 month old to his pediatrician, where she asked
me questions like "How many words are in his vocabulary? Is he putting two words together
She decided it would be best to speak with a speech therapist in my area. A few weeks
later, I met with a service coordinator who took me through the steps of retaining
help for my son and filling out the necessary paperwork. We also ruled out the possibility
of hearing impairment. My son was evaluated for speech concerns and it was determined
that he needed speech therapy twice a week. His therapist began by just sitting on
the floor with him and playing with puzzles, flashcards, and singing nursery rhymes.
Her immediate concern was for my son to begin verbalizing spontaneous words - saying
words on his own without being prompted in any way. Anna, the speech therapist, had
my son pick out the puzzle pieces and flashcards that she had named. It only took
a few sessions for him to begin repeating her. A few months later, he would actually
name certain items before Anna did.
It was around this time that she diagnosed him with apraxia, a childhood speech disorder.
Children with this disorder know what they want to say, but have difficulty making
the movements needed for speech. It is a disorder of the nervous system that affects
the ability to perform purposeful movements, but without impairment of muscular power
The day after he was diagnosed, I racked my brain trying to figure out where I had
gone wrong. But it didn't take too long to realize how lucky I was. So we'd have to
work on his speech skills - he was still a healthy, happy child. I would just work
with him as much as possible, along with continuing his speech therapy. Detecting
and finding help for a speech delay early in childhood is instrumental in the progress
a child makes. In my state of Florida, the state pays for a child's therapy until
they are three years old (if they are determined to be delayed by the evaluation.)
There are signs to look for if you believe your young child may have apraxia. Early
detection would begin by noticing if your infant doesn't babble or their first words
are made after some delay and are missing sounds. When I saw my son become extremely
frustrated while struggling to talk, combined with using gestures to communicate,
I realized he needed to see his pediatrician. Also, feeding problems and inconsistency
in pronouncing the same word can be considered red flags of apraxia. Though a child
may exhibit some or all of these symptoms, it does not mean they have apraxia. A licensed
speech therapist/pathologist is needed to diagnose any problems you as a parent or
guardian feel they have. After three months of therapy we were told my son had apraxia.
My son is constantly improving through speech therapy and one-on-one play with interactive
games such as blocks or reading books together. In a playful environment, he is learning
without realizing it. Nursery rhymes help the child put words together while playing
music encourages joy for verbalization - when a child is actively involved, it stimulates
their whole brain. Flash cards are great visual cues to aid in repetition of syllables
and words. My son learns quickly around children his age - he loves to imitate them.
So placing him in a preschool setting a few days per week helped tremendously. You
can take something that your child loves to do and turn it into a learning environment.
We found this out through drawing letters and pictures. Our son has carried a crayon
with him for the past year, so we'd begin by naming a letter of the alphabet, and
then drawing pictures that correlated to that letter. We could do this virtually anywhere.
I just made sure to leave a small notebook and crayons in my purse. This alone seemed
to increase his vocabulary. But most importantly, sign language caused the most dramatic
change in my little one by reducing much of the frustration caused by his inability
All in all, through some hard work and dedication, my son will soon be on the same
level as his peers. What he needs the most is a whole lot of love and encouragement.
For more information regarding apraxia in children, go to www.apraxia-kids.org.
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