Developmental Verbal Dyspraxia (Apraxia)

What is Apraxia?

  • Developmental Verbal Dyspraxia (DVD) also known as “Apraxia” is the difficulty sequencing, coordinating, and forming sounds into words.  
  • A motor planning delay, characterized by difficulty vocalizing correctly and consistently.
  • Child has difficulty imitating words, but able to say words on his or her own.  
  • The child’s understanding of language is much better than his or her expression.   
  • The child may move the muscles used for speech without making sounds.  
  • Difficulty saying longer words and sentences (e.g., spaghetti, hospital, gymnastics).
  • Limited consonant and vowel sounds.
  • Child uses sounds correctly in some words and not in others.
  • Speech therapy is typically recommended four times per week for 20-30 minute sessions.
  • Progress with therapy is highly irregular, variable, and inconsistent.
  • Therapy involves using multiple approaches including Kauffman and PROMPT
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