Not all children with Apraxia are the same. Your child may show some or all of the signs below. You should talk to your Speech-Language Pathologist if your child is older than 3 years old and exhibits the following signs:
- Does not always say words the same way every time
- Tends to put the stress on the wrong syllable or word
- Distorts or changes sound
- Can say shorter words more clearly than longer words
Children with Apraxia may also have difficulty with fine motor skills; delayed language; or problems with reading, spelling, and writing.
How can Granite Bay Speech help my child with Apraxia?
The goal of therapy is to help your child say sounds, words, and sentences more clearly.
Your child will learn how to plan the movements needed to say sounds AND make those movements the right way at the right time.
For children with Apraxia…
- Doing exercises to make their mouth muscles stronger will not help
- Mouth muscles are not weak in children with Apraxia
- Working on how to move those muscles to say sounds will help
- Your child must practice speaking to get better at it
It helps to use all the senses when learning how to say sounds. Your child may use…
- Touch cues: putting their finger on their lips when they say the “p” sound as a reminder to close the lips
- Visual cues: looking into a mirror when making sounds
- Listening cues: practicing sounds with a recorder and then listening to hear if the sounds were made correctly
Do you have any questions regarding Childhood Apraxia of Speech? We are here to help! Please visit our wesbite at www.granitebayspeech.com or give us a call at (916)797-3307.