About Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS)
Messages need to travel from your brain to your mouth for speech to occur. These signals inform the muscles when and how to contract in order to produce sound. It is difficult for a child with apraxia of speech to communicate clearly. Even though the child’s muscles are not weak, they might not be able to move their lips or tongue in the appropriate directions. The child could occasionally be unable to utter anything at all.
A child with CAS is aware of their intended message. Not how the youngster thinks, but rather how the brain instructs the mouth muscles to move, is the issue.
Signs and Symptoms
Children with CAS are not all the same. Any or all of the following symptoms may be displayed by your child. If your child is older than 3 years old, you should consult a doctor and see an SLP.
- does not always use the same words or phrases;
- tends to stress the incorrect word or syllable;
- alters or distorts sound; or
can speak more clearly in shorter sentences than in lengthy ones.
Other issues that CAS children may experience include
- ability to use fine motor skills;
- sluggish language; or
- reading, spelling, and writing issues.
The majority of the time, CAS has no identified cause. In some circumstances, brain injury results in CAS. A genetic condition or syndrome, a stroke, or a severe brain injury can all harm a person.
Seeing a Professional
Testing for CAS
Your child’s speech and language abilities can be assessed by an SLP. Language difficulties are common in children with speech sound issues. Utilize ASHA ProFind to find a local SLP who has earned the ASHA certification.
The SLP will assess your child’s oral-motor abilities, speech rhythm (intonation), and how they pronounce certain sounds in order to test for CAS. The SLP will test your child’s ability to pronounce sounds.
Observe how well your child uses speech sounds alone and when they are combined to form syllables or words. An SLP should work with a child who has CAS. Starting out, your child might attend therapy 3-5 times per week. Treatment regularity may decrease as speech would further. At various stages of treatment, individual or group therapy may be beneficial.
On the page for childhood apraxia of speech on the Practice Portal, you can find information for professionals from ASHA.
Verify whether other people can understand what your youngster is saying.
Furthermore, you ought to consult your doctor, who can look for any health issues. It’s crucial to have an audiologist examine your child’s hearing.
Treatment for CAS