Childhood Apraxia of Speech
Apraxia of speech affects the child’s volitional control of speech movements. Young children with Apraxia struggle to develop speech that other children accomplish with little effort. Children with Apraxia have difficulty correctly putting together the movement patterns and sequences needed to produce sounds, syllables, or words. This is especially true when they are trying their hardest to speak clearly.
Most often children with Apraxia understand language well. However, try as they might, they cannot make their mouth do what their brain wants it to. The result is that children with Apraxia are often silent, misunderstood, and their thoughts and ideas are locked inside. Speech Therapists work with children to connect what they want to say with how they say it, so others can understand them.