Speech & Language
Verbal Dyspraxia (Childhood Apraxia)
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.
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