Speech Issues are what we are most "famous" for

Yes, everyone thinks of us as the "s and r" remediation folks, but wait, we are far much more than just resources for those challenges. Most of my caseload is for verbal apraxia.

What's the difference between Apraxia and Articulation? Apraxia is best described as 'inconsistent' pronounciations not because a person doesn't know how to make the articulation movements, but they cannot seem to consistently organize them or other movements get substituted. Articulation challenges are consistent substitutions or disrtortions of phonemes (sounds of the alphabet). Examples: distorted /s/ as in frontal/lateral lisp, fronting the /k/ and /g/ as a /t/ and /d/ as in /tat/ for 'cat' and /go/ for 'doe'. The following article link is VERY IMPORTANT because it shares why a therapist should not be 'blowing bubbles' to get a child to talk better: Logic, Theory, & Evidence Against the Use of Non-Speech Oral Motor Exercises to Change Speech Sounds
What's the difference between verbal, oral and limb apraxia?

Verbal Apraxia Characteristics may include: If the person does have a strength it is in repeating the last word heard, may omit the beginning of a word, have minimal vowel varieties, may say a sentence length utterance with repetitions of one or two words. Some may have a very small vocabulary that they use even when it is not pertinant to the conversation. Some may say 'no', 'uh', over and over to make a sentence.

Oral Apraxia Characteristics may include: Moving another body part or not quite following the motor pattern when imitating a person licking their lips or wiggling their tongue they may move their jaw back and forth or close their eyes.

Limb Apraxia Characteristics may include: Moving another body part or not quite following the motor pattern when imitating a person moving their fingers in a particular manner or when grasping a pen.

Websites re:apraxia

When reviewing information re: apraxia please remember there are varying degrees of severity (mild, moderate, severe) & DO NOT assume the worst....therapy can assist in giving ideas to address/improve.

Other websites that address verbal apraxia:
Please remember that verbal apraxia varies from mild, moderate, and severe and one can never be too sure when reading information from parents and therapists on websites what degree of challenges they are referencing.

Websites re:articulation talktools.com
What is dysarthria? (slurred speech) There are many types of dysarthrias and just suffice to note they relate to various parts of the brain being involved with the oral movements necessary to produce clear precise articulation of speech.
What are some websites for Parkenson's Disease and other disorders?

When reviewing information re: dysarthria & neurological challenges that can produce slurred speech there are varying degrees of severity (mild, moderate, severe) & DO NOT assume the worst.....therapy can assist in giving ideas to address/improve.

lsvtglobal.org

More ideas on communication Go to another one of my web pages regarding communication strategies: here and there and here
What should my child be doing communication-wise for his age?

There are a zillion websites that have developmental milestone information. Go to the Sensory Integration webpage of my site for others.....here

Normal Motor Milestones

 

Please don't wait too long to get an evaluation and gather information so you can make a decision regarding making changes in your communication relationship because Early Intervention drops a kids "like a hot rock" when they turn 3 years old and if we start at 2 1/2 years old, that doesn't give us much time if you go through EI for services.

Here are my other Speech Issues web pages: