ApraxiaMar 10, 2023
What Is Apraxia?
Apraxia is a neurological disorder that affects a person's ability to produce speech. It is a motor speech disorder, which means it is caused by problems with the brain's ability to send messages to the muscles that produce speech. Apraxia is usually seen in children, although it can also affect adults. It is considered a communication disorder because it affects a person's ability to communicate with others.
Apraxia can be either acquired or developmental. Acquired apraxia is caused by brain damage, either from a stroke or a traumatic brain injury. Developmental apraxia is present from birth, and is caused by a problem in the brain's ability to plan and coordinate movements. It is often seen in children with autism or developmental delays.
People with apraxia may have difficulty producing speech, even though their understanding of language is normal. They may have difficulty saying the correct sounds of words, and may not be able to say them in the correct order. They may also have difficulty coordinating their mouth and tongue movements to produce speech.
Treatment for apraxia typically includes speech therapy. Speech therapists use different techniques to help people with apraxia improve their speech. These may include exercises that help with pronunciation and articulation, as well as activities that help with sequencing and production of speech. Additionally, speech therapists may use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices to help people with apraxia communicate.
Apraxia can be a frustrating and isolating disorder, but there are many resources available to help people with apraxia live fulfilling lives. With the right support and treatment, people with apraxia can improve their communication skills and reach their goals.
Nancy Wariari, MHA, MS.CCC-SLP