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Apraxia of speech

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Apraxia of speech is a motor speech disorder that occurs when the brain has difficulty planning and coordinating the muscle movements needed to produce clear speech. It is often associated with brain injury or neurological conditions such as stroke or cerebral palsy. Speech therapy is an effective treatment for apraxia of speech, which can help improve a person’s ability to produce clear and intelligible speech. Our speech therapists work with individuals with apraxia of speech to develop their skills through a variety of techniques, including verbal and nonverbal cues, visual and auditory feedback, and repetition and drills.

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frequently asked questions

Symptoms of apraxia can vary depending on the individual and the severity of the disorder, but may include difficulty with sound and syllable production, difficulty with the rhythm and melody of speech, difficulty with the coordination of the jaw, tongue, and lips for speech, and difficulty with the sequencing of sounds or words.

Apraxia is usually diagnosed by a speech-language pathologist (SLP) through a comprehensive evaluation. The SLP will conduct a thorough assessment of the individual's speech and language skills, including an evaluation of their speech sound production, intelligibility, and overall speech fluency. The SLP may also consider other factors, such as the individual's medical history and neurological examination results, in making a diagnosis.

Aphasia is a language disorder that affects an individual's ability to produce and understand language, while apraxia is a motor speech disorder that affects an individual's ability to coordinate the movements necessary for speech. The two conditions can occur separately or together.

Treatment options for apraxia include speech therapy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy. Additionally, speech-generating devices and communication aids may be used to help individuals with apraxia communicate more effectively.

The amount of time it takes for an individual with apraxia to see improvement in their speech can vary depending on the severity of the condition, the type of treatment received, and the individual's ability to actively participate in therapy. It is important to work with a qualified speech therapist to develop an individualized treatment plan and set realistic goals for progress.

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