Does your child have Apraxia? Also known as Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS), Apraxia is a motor speech disorder. It presents in children as difficulty producing sounds, syllables, and words. The brain has difficulty with the motor planning needed to move the lips, jaw, and tongue for speech. This causes the child to have significant trouble developing verbal speech skills. Children with Apraxia know what they want to say, but their brain has trouble coordinating the muscle movements needed to form the words.
- Does not coo or babble as a baby
- Difficulty combining sounds
- Has difficulty imitating sounds and words
- Can comprehend language much better than they can speak
- Is hard to understand
- Delayed language skills
At Family First Therapy we can help guide you through the process of getting help for your child. As a licensed Early Steps provider, we have answers to your questions about the diagnosis, evaluation, and coordination of services for children with Apraxia of Speech. Our Apraxia specialists are ready to listen, simply call 813.389.5301 today for more information.
Childhood Apraxia of Speech Evaluation Process
- Case history interview and questionnaire
- Oral Peripheral exam
- Intonation exam
- Speech sound exam
- Expressive and Receptive Language exam
- Observation in the child’s natural environment
- Formal report including standard scores and a detailed and a plan of care.
At Family First Therapy, our experienced team of Speech Therapists understand the importance of involving parents in a child’s treatment plan. We offer intense and individualized treatment for childhood apraxia of speech. Each individual child’s therapy program is designed to encourage repetitive practice of the planning, sequencing, and coordination needed for speech movements. Let’s discuss your child’s treatment plan today. Call 813.389.5301.
CAS Therapy Program Components
- Play based and motivating one on one sessions
- Services within the natural and/or clinic environment
- Motor planning therapy approach focusing on movement patterns instead of specific sounds
- Development of multi-sensory reinforcement and cueing
- Progressive approximation and shaping techniques
- Tactile facilitation
- Phonetic placement strategies
- Prosody focused
- Parent training
- Development and training in a home exercise program
Our primary goal is to establish a consistent form of communication for your child. Every family will receive the tools and training needed to encourage constant practice in the home and school environments. At Family First Therapy we work with you and your family to give every child confidence in their speech and the best intelligibility possible.
Schedule a therapy session in our Lutz, FL pediatric therapy clinic or in your home by calling, 813.389.5301 now.