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What is Childhood Apraxia of Speech?

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What is Childhood Apraxia of Speech?

Childhood apraxia of speech (CAS) is a motor speech disorder that makes it difficult for the brain to send the proper signals to the parts of the body associated with speech (e.g. lips, jaw, and tongue). This manifests in children in the form of problems making syllables, sounds, and words. Apraxia can be an especially difficult disorder for children, because they know what they want to say but they just can’t get the sounds to come out.

What are Symptoms of CAS?

Very young children with apraxia of speech often:

  • Do not coo or babble as a baby.
  • Have very late first words.
  • Have trouble putting together different sounds to make words and may take long pauses between each sound.
  • Have difficulty developing normal eating patterns.

How We Can Help

The ASHA-certified speech and language pathologists at Speech Connections are here to help. We work with you and your child to develop a specifically tailored speech therapy experience designed to help get your child talking.

Schedule an appointment today with one of our speech therapists to evaluate your child’s speech needs and develop a plan of action that focuses on your child’s continuing speech and language development.