What is Apraxia?

Apraxia of speech is a neurological condition that prevents a person from having the right motor skills to produce words or speak. Although their lips and mouth can form the words, the act of physically saying the words is a challenge. This condition can either be present at birth or acquired as time passes.

This condition is typically found in adults, and those with Apraxia find it difficult to speak although it is common they have been able to produce words in the past. When a child is born with apraxia, they lack the ability to form words or sounds from the start. Although they find it hard to speak and express themselves, children born with Apraxia have a greater understanding of speech and language rather than expressing themselves outwardly with words.

Not too uncommonly does Apraxia and Aphasia develop simultaneously. A patient could not only be unable to speak due to Apraxia, but they could lack the communication skills to properly express themselves as well. These two disorders, however, are quite distinctive, and both can be treated. Similar to Aphasia, Apraxia in adults can occur when there is damage to the brain due to stroke, brain tumors or head tumors.

It is highly possible for people born with, or developing Apraxia, to fully improve as time goes  on. Significant improvement is always apparent, and cases of full recoveries are quite common.

How I Treat Apraxia

Apraxia speech therapy in Denver retrains the muscles to move in complex sequences for speech production. This may include visual or tactile prompts in order to facilitate correct placement of the person’s articulators (i.e., lips, tongue, cheeks).

Other interventions like rate and rhythm, developing or training the person to use a high or low-tech communication device, or listener education may be implemented as well. For children, a tactile-kinesthetic approach is used during play-based therapy.

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