Child care

Apraxia In Children

Apraxia is a health disorder found in children and can affect a child’s limbs, oral movements and speech. This health disorder is hard to diagnose in kids and also difficult to treat. Apraxia can be caused in a number of different ways and has a variety of different treatments.

There are different kinds of apraxia in kids. One type is speech apraxia. The symptoms of this health disorder appear very early; early treatment is the most successful. This article deals with the different types of apraxia in kids and their treatments; read on for more information.

Types of Apraxia in Children
The following are 3 different types of apraxia in children:

  • Limb apraxia
  • Oral apraxia
  • Verbal apraxia

The above three types of apraxia can occur together in a child or on their own.

Causes of Apraxia
The following are a few causes of apraxia in kids:

  • Verbal or speech apraxia is generally a motor speech disorder.
  • Some hindrance in a kid’s brain which is still unidentified hampers the commands from reaching the muscles of the mouth.
  • An injury to the brain and some genetic disorders are two common causes for this condition.

Symptoms of Apraxia
The following are a few symptoms of apraxia in kids:

  • Vowel distortion
  • Restricted inventory of vowels and consonants
  • Gaps and restrictions in sound repertoire
  • Stuttering and stammering
  • Impaired language skills
  • Disappearance of words from usage
  • Limited use of syllables
  • Kids are unable to lick food from around the mouth and lips
  • Difficulty with sentence formation
  • Problems with reading and spelling

Treatment of Apraxia

A child suffering from apraxia can make important improvements with support from the family and self-conviction. The parents can help by being enthusiastic and co-operative with speech therapy. Apraxia can be treated by the adopting following practices:

  • Be positive and reassuring
  • Explain smooth changes and goals in therapy strategies
  • During therapy, use words with distinct pitch patterns like abra-cadabra, uh-oh, yay etc.

If you observe the above symptoms in your child, it is best to consult a doctor and to ensure this is not another problem. Your doctor can recommend certain test and therapies. For example, if your kid has speech apraxia, then he may refer your kid to a speech therapist and if your kid has limb apraxia, then he might advise you to meet with a physical therapist.

The first step to cure this disorder is being aware of this condition .

 

References

http://www.apraxia-kids.org/

www.asha.org/public/speech/disorders/childhoodapraxia.htm

www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/voice/pages/apraxia.aspx

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voices.yahoo.com/early-warning-signs-apraxia-children-320182.html

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