Apraxia of speech has nothing to do with paralysis or damage to the speech related muscles themselves.
Individuals with this disorder need help with speech because they experience trouble when trying to verbalize what they would like to say in an accurate or consistent manner.
What is speech apraxia
There are two different types of apraxia of speech: developmental and acquired. Developmental apraxia is a condition that is present from birth. The exact causes are unknown, but there has been evidence to suggest that the condition could be hereditary. Acquired apraxia occurs later in life as a result of a brain injury or stroke.
Speech apraxia symptoms
Those suffering from the condition typically show one, or a combination of, the following symptoms
- An inability to consistently put sounds and syllables together correctly
- Inconsistent speech errors (e.g. ‘ball’ could be said as ‘fall, tall, pall’)
- Trouble using the correct inflections
- Grasping or groping to say words
The severity of the disorder can vary drastically from person to person. Most of the people who suffer from this disorder understand language very well, but they need help with speech to articulate themselves correctly. In order to be able to express themselves more freely, they will often rely on sign language, notebooks, or electronic devices to communicate with others.
While in some rare cases, those with acquired apraxia could spontaneously find that the condition cures itself, but most people need intense one on one therapy with a speech therapist to correct the problem. Speech pathologists in Sydney have used many different treatments to help with speech, with each individual patient experiencing different levels of results. In almost every case, individuals with apraxia of speech need a lot of repetition and practice to be able to overcome this condition. They require the expertise of a professional speech therapist, and the love and support of family at home when they are practising.
Results focused speech therapy
ENT Clinic have created comprehensive speech pathology resources, that together with our speech pathologists consultation, can be used to create a customised treatment plan. This will ensure that you will experience results focused, effective speech therapy for speech apraxia. We‘ll provide you with a straightforward, efficient and very effective treatment plan targeted to your concerns.
To ensure that your speech therapy requirements are met, and to create a plan that will be manageable and enjoyable (even for those clients with special needs) contact us today for speech pathology Sydney on 1300 123 368 for an appointment with one of our experienced speech pathologists. Remember good results can start today!