Apraxia of speech, also known as verbal apraxia or dyspraxia, is a speech disorder in which a person has trouble saying what he or she wants to say correctly and consistently. It is not due to weakness or paralysis of the speech muscles (the muscles of the face, tongue, and lips). The severity of apraxia of speech can range from mild to severe.
Recent studies have highlighted the need for children with autism to be screened for apraxia, which is a neurological speech disorder that often goes hand in hand with Autism. A three year long study conducted at Penn State College of Medicine showed that 64% of children initially diagnosed with autism were also found to have apraxia. Research also further validated the use of the Checklist for Autism Spectrum Disorder (CASD) as an accurate tool … [Read more...]