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Basic information about Childhood Apraxia of Speech, definitions, characteristics, speech & language development basics.

  • Does Training Non-speech Oral Movements Facilitate Speech-sound Production in Children with Motor Speech Disorders?

    By
    Thomas Campbell, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BC-NCD

    There are precious few data available to support the notion that training non-speech oral movements facilitates the speech-sound production abilities of children with motor speech disorders. However, there are many advocates on both sides of this issue. Although there has been a proliferation of motor training programs for sale that are replete with specialized equipment […]

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  • Common Acronyms and Abbreviations

    Abbreviations and acronyms can be confusing to parents and families. Here is an acronym “dictionary” for parents of children with apraxia.

    Edited by Donna Marucci If you don’t find what you’re looking for on this page, try South Dakota University’s Dictionary For Parents of Children with Disabilities AAC Augmentative and Alternative Communication ABA Applied Behavior Analysis ACT Adapted Cueing Technique ADA Americans with Disabilities Act (U.S.) ADD Attention Deficit Disorder ADHD Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder AIT […]

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  • Characteristics of Childhood Apraxia of Speech

    While there are many reasons that some children fail to develop age-appropriate speech and/or language skills, the following are frequently mentioned characteristics of children with apraxia of speech (not every child will have all characteristics.) This list was compiled from professional literature which is referenced at the end. Professionals and researchers do not all agree […]

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  • Can A Child Have Oral Apraxia Without Also Having Speech Apraxia/Dyspraxia?

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    Shelley Velleman, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

    At first blush, this might seem like a logical impossibility. If you can’t move your oral structures for non-speech, how could you do so for speech? The key here is to differentiate between automatic and volitional (deliberate) oral activities. We often see children who can do all of the appropriate oral movements for eating with […]

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  • Because It’s Your Child! Evaluating Information on the Internet

    By
    Sharon Gretz, M.Ed.

    When you discover that your child has apraxia or any other significant special need, often the quest begins to not only learn about the problem but also to find a way to improve or cure the problem. We hope for a simple solution. Maybe it is out there somewhere. The thought that we can help […]

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  • Apraxia? Dyspraxia? Articulation? Phonology? What Does It All Mean?

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    Nancy Lucker-Lazerson, M.A., CCC-SLP

    (Updated by the author October 2003) Your two-year-old says no words, makes some sounds, yet he understands everything you say. Your five-year-old speaks in what appear to be sentences, but all you hear are vowel sounds. Your seven-year-old lisps, and says “wabbit” instead of “rabbit”. And your three-year-old talks non-stop, but no one can understand […]

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  • A Few Quick Explanations and Definitions Related to Apraxia

    Childhood Apraxia of Speech or Developmental Verbal Apraxia? Oral Apraxia and/or Verbal (Speech) Apraxia? Volitional? What does it Mean? “Pure” Apraxia of Speech Childhood Apraxia of Speech or Developmental Verbal Dyspraxia? These two terms are generally synonymous. Developmental verbal dyspraxia is often shortened to “DVD” and childhood apraxia of speech to “CAS”. The “a” in […]

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