Families and others have been hearing anecdotal reports of nutritional supplements which allegedly benefit children with apraxia. After extensive investigation we have determined that no scientific evidence exists to document any such benefit. However, we have heard of individual stories from families who feel that supplementation with various nutrients, in particular essential fatty acids, seemed to help their child’s speech attempts. We have also heard stories from families who report no effect from such supplementation, as well as several reports of negative effects.
Parents should thoroughly research all products they intend to give to a child as well as consult with medical professionals who know the child. If and when other credible scientific data becomes available you can count on it to be here.
by Alexandra J. Richardson
Senior Research Fellow in Neuroscience, Imperial College School of Medicine,
MRI Unit, Hammersmith Hospital, London; and University Lab. of Physiology, Oxford.
This handout is an overview of the information available about essential fatty acids and the listed conditions. The dyspraxia listed does not refer to verbal or oral apraxia, but rather global dyspraxia. This article is posted with the explicit permission of Dr. Richardson. The article is in PDF format. PDF requires Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download Acrobat Reader.