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Learn about other diagnoses and conditions that can co-occur with childhood apraxia of speech; autism; down syndrome; CAPD

  • Literacy and Children with Apraxia of Speech

    By
    Sharon Gretz, M.Ed.

    Many parents wonder if their young child with apraxia of speech (verbal dyspraxia) will go on to experience difficulties in their education . While there is no certainty that literacy problems will or will not develop, there is research that has shown that children with spoken language problems are at higher risk for literacy related […]

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  • Graphomotor Skills

    Why Some Kids Hate To Write

    By
    Glenda Thorne, Ph.D.

    Description of Graphomotor Skills Handwriting is complex perceptual-motor skill that is dependent upon the maturation and integration of a number of cognitive, perceptual and motor skills, and is developed through instruction (Hamstra-Bletz and Blote, 1993; Maeland, 1992). While a plethora of information exists in lay and professional literature about many of the common problems experienced […]

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  • Friendships and Our Children

    By
    David and Faye Wetherow

    Reflections on Friendship What steps can we take to invite and support real friendships for our sons and daughters who live with disabilities? We seem to see other children moving along in a sea of friendship, and we see our children struggling with isolation. The natural ebb and flow of play, enjoyment and affection seems […]

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  • Children with Apraxia and Reading, Writing, and Spelling Difficulties

    By
    Joy Stackhouse, Ph.D.

    It is not the case that all children with a history of speech and language difficulties have associated literacy problems. However, school-age children whose speech difficulties persist beyond 5 years of age are most at risk for associated difficulties in reading, spelling and sometimes maths. Let us first consider the nature of persisting speech difficulties […]

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  • A Parent’s Guide to Psychological Assessment of Apraxic Children

    By
    Tim Sass

    I am neither a psychologist, speech-language pathologist, or a lawyer. However, as a parent of an apraxic child I have had to make decisions about psychological testing and have had to deal with school officials seeking evaluations of my daughter. What I have learned about psychological testing and related legal issues has come from a […]

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  • Why is Dysarthria, as a Diagnosis, Often Missed in Children and What Distinguishes it from Apraxia?

    By
    Michael Crary, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

    Dysarthria is by traditional definition a motor speech disorder that results from direct motor impairment to the muscles of speech production. This impairment may be from damage to the central portions of the nervous system contributing to a spastic paresis, from the peripheral portions of the nervous system contributing to flaccid paresis, or to the […]

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  • What About Children Who Don’t Quite Meet the “Threshold” for a Diagnosis of CAS?

    By
    Rebecca McCauley, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

    An unknown number of children may fail to be diagnosed with CAS because of the circumstances surrounding their evaluation or because they have problems that are closely related to CAS, but don’t meet a threshold for diagnosis. This group may, for example, include children who are too young to participate fully in testing, who have […]

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  • Shaping Verbal Language for Children on the Spectrum of Autism Who Also Exhibit Apraxia of Speech

    By
    Nancy Kaufman, M.A., CCC/SLP and Tamara S. Kasper, MS/CCC-SLP, BCBA

    Many children with autism spectrum disorders are vocal, yet non-verbal. They may produce consonants, vowels and syllables, but do not use words to communicate. Though it is difficult to judge whether or not these children exhibit apraxia of speech, a specialized approach of shaping successive word approximations, combined with sign language, may help non-verbal children […]

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  • Neuropsychology in Long-term Educational Planning for Children With Apraxia of Speech

    By
    Gerry Taylor, Ph.D.

    Clinical neuropsychology is the application of knowledge of brain-behavior relationships for assessment and treatment of a wide range of disorders. In children these disorders include outright neurological disease or injury, as well as conditions of presumed constitutional origin, such as learning disabilities, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and speech and language impairment. Childhood apraxia of […]

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  • Lessons from Abigail: Educating a Seasoned Speech-Language Pathologist Named “Mom”

    (Reprinted with permission from Disability Solutions Newsletter.)

    By
    Carrie Olson, M.S., CCC-SLP

    Soe down, Mommy. Big, big tuck right ner.” These beautiful words came from the back seat as I passed a double tandem semi on I-75. My 4-year-old daughter, Abigail, was straining to see the “big, big tuck” from her car seat. Abigail is a delightful child. She is bright, engaging, sensitive, creative and energetic. She […]

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