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Verbal Dyspraxia (Childhood Apraxia)

Speech & Language

Verbal Dyspraxia (Childhood Apraxia) Pathway

Verbal Dyspraxia is a neurological childhood speech sound disorder in which the precision and consistency of movements underlying speech are impaired in the absence of neuromuscular difficulties (e.g. abnormal reflexes, abnormal tone).

Pupils with verbal dyspraxia may present with Inconsistent errors on consonants and vowels, syllables, or words. Lengthened and disrupted coarticulatory transitions between sounds and syllables. Inappropriate rate, rhythm and speech intonation patterns.

Treatment approaches will target speech production and focus on helping the child achieve the best intelligibility and comprehensibility possible. However, when there are concerns that oral communication is not adequate, AAC may also be used to provide functional communication.

Length of treatment

10 sessions delivered weekly


Recent Assessment

Referral Criteria

  • Difficulty with co-ordination and sequencing of speech articulators in order to make the necessary movements for speech
  • May have inconsistent productions across sounds or words and have issues with vowel production

What we will work on

  • Sequencing and co-ordination of speech sounds and movements needed to sequence words
  • Articulatory placement of consonants and vowels
  • Multi-syllabic words

What we want to accomplish

  • Clearer speech
  • More able to co-ordinate speech articulators, voice and breathing
  • Produce words and sentences more accurately

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