A study recently printed in the International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology indicates that the beliefs surrounding motor speech deficits in patients with Down syndrome may have caused those patients to not receive the most beneficial treatment.
Historically, it was believed that patients with Down syndrome would have either Childhood Dysarthria (CD) or Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS). CD was believed to be the prominent issue and when it was diagnosed CAS was discounted. This study has led to the realization that the motor speech disorders that so frequently accompany Down syndrome are far more complex than originally believed. [continue reading…]
Apraxia of speech is a speech disorder that causes people to have trouble saying what they want to correctly and consistently. It is not a result of paralysis or weakness in any of the speech muscles, and can range in severity. As of right now, there is no cure for this condition, but it can be treated with speech therapy. [continue reading…]
Apraxia of speech is a motor speech disorder which affects each child with the condition differently. It impacts the ability to produce sounds, syllables, and words. It’s not a result of muscle weakness or paralysis, but rather an issue with the brain as it has trouble planning to move the parts of the body necessary for speech.
The Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech began in 2008, with more than 300 participants in an effort to raise awareness about childhood apraxia of speech. The walk also raised funds for apraxia programs and research sponsored by Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America (CASANA), the only national non-profit organization dedicated solely to serving children with apraxia, and their families. [continue reading…]
In Ireland, the 2005 Disability Act requires all assessments on children suspected of needing any type of special care to be carried out within three months. Unfortunately, that’s not happening in many areas. The most recent data available suggests there are about 20,000 people waiting either assessment or treatment. Some people have been waiting more than 18 months for an assessment and treatment. [continue reading…]
In another article in this series, we looked at two types of speech sound disorders in children: articulation and phonology. Recall that “articulation” refers to issues with movement that may be caused by the child’s anatomy, weakness, or range of motion. “Phonology” refers to the complex patterns and rules we use for producing sounds. Some of the patterns we associate with speech sound disorders are actually part of the typical speech development process. However, when a child persists in these speech behaviors after a certain age, they may benefit from extra help by a SLP to acquire more adult speech patterns. [continue reading…]