Childhood Apraxia of Speech
Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) is a motor speech disorder. Children with CAS have problems saying sounds, syllables, and words. This is not because of muscle weakness or paralysis. 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.
What are some signs or symptoms of Childhood Apraxia of Speech?
Not all children with CAS are the same. All of the signs and symptoms listed below may not be present in every child. It is important to have your child evaluated by a speech-language pathologist (SLP) who has knowledge of CAS to rule out other causes of speech problems. General things to look for include the following:
A Very Young Child
An Older Child
Potential Other Problems
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Signs of an Articulation Disorder
An articulation disorder involves problems making sounds. Sounds can be substituted, left off, added or changed. These errors may make it hard for people to understand the child.
Young children often make speech errors. For instance, many young children sound like they are making a "w" sound for an "r" sound or may leave sounds out of words, such as "nana" for banana. The child may have an articulation disorder if these errors continue past the expected age.
Soaring Speech provides speech services for diagnosing and treating children with speech sound disorders including articulation disorders and Childhood Apraxia of Speech. Therapy is also available to address oral motor weaknesses, including tongue thrust and swallowing disorders.
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