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

  • Velopharyngeal Insufficiency (VPI) and Apraxia

    By
    Karen Golding-Kushner, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

    By definition, apraxia is difficulty coordinating speech movements in the absence of muscle weakness or paralysis. Therefore, the presence of a structural problem is likely to preclude a diagnosis of apraxia. Unfortunately, children with velopharyngeal insufficiency (VPI) and structurally-based speech problems are frequently misdiagnosed as having apraxia. What is VPI? Velopharyngeal closure (VPC) occurs when […]

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  • Treating Apraxia in Children With Autism

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    Tracy Vail, M.S., CCC-SLP

    Many young children with Autism are unable to speak. When we observe their attempts at verbalizations, it is clear that some of these children exhibit characteristics of Verbal Apraxia/Dyspraxia. Vowels are distorted, searching behaviors are exhibited and inconsistent errors are present. Other children are completely silent or just produce occasional vowel sounds in a repetitive […]

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  • Stuttering and Dysfluency Links

    If you think your child may be dysfluent (stuttering), the following resources may be helpful to you. Please remember many children go through a period of dysfluency when they are learning to speak including children with a diagnosis of apraxia. But stuttering or dysfluency can be a problem in addition to apraxia, so we encourage […]

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  • Speech Production and Children with Autism

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    Sharon Gretz, M.Ed.

    It is always useful for parents and professionals to ask the question, “Could something else be going on that could account for the lack of speech or communication skills?” According to Dr. Barry Prizant, there is increasing evidence that a lack of speech or gestures, in a subset of children with autism, may be related […]

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  • Similarities and Differences in Young Children with Autism and Those Children with Apraxia of Speech

    By
    Tracy Vail, M.S., CCC-SLP

    I primarily serve very young children and specialize in treating children with Autism. My clinical experience has been that about possibly 20% of children with autism who I see also have apraxia of speech. These disorders can occur in isolation or in combination. Physicians and early intervention case coordinators often refer children for speech-language services […]

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  • Sensory Profile for Children Between Three and Ten

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    Shirley Sutton and Raena Rawlinson

    This is a sample of a questionnaire based on research by Dunn and Westman, two Occupational Therapists from The University of Kansas. They based the questions on a sample of 1,115 parents of children without disabilities. The questions included here are helpful when a child begins to be evaluated by an occupational therapist. (Reprinted with […]

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  • Sensory Integration Disorder

    It is not uncommon for children with apraxia to also have sensory integration difficulties. Below are some of the best sites available for information. Sensory Integration Disorder lists of articles related to SDI Sensory Integration Network Large site with lots of resources and articles from the KID Foundation Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Sensory […]

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  • Genetic, Metabolic and Mitochondrial Disorders

    This page includes links to information about genetic, metabolic or mitochondrial disorders which are known to affect the intelligibility of speech and/or speech development. Some of these conditions specifically are associated with childhood apraxia of speech.  In a 2013 study, researchers determined that Whole Exome Sequencing (WES) was helpful in identifying genetic differences in a group […]

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  • Epilepsy and Seizure Links

    Epilepsy In Children Information from the Epilepsy Foundation of America Diagnosing Epilepsy in Children Education and Children with Epilepsy Parent’s Guide to Epilepsy From WebMD Benign Rolandic Epilepsy Often occurs at night and is sometimes linked to speech disorder Language and Epilepsy from The Epilepsy Project Sleep Disruption and Epilepsy

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