Childhood apraxia of speech (CAS) is a speech disorder in which a child has difficulty making accurate movements when speaking because the brain has difficulty coordinating movements to form speech. Children with Apraxia of Speech struggle with coordinating their jaw movements with their lips and tongues to make the correct sounds and may have difficulty moving smoothly from one sound to the next sound.
Our speech therapists are trained to distinguish Childhood Apraxia of Speech from other types of speech disorders. Diagnosing and treating Childhood Apraxia of Speech in the early stages may reduce the risk of long-term persistence of the problem.
If your child experiences speech problems, schedule an evaluation with one of our highly-skilled and caring speech-language pathologists as soon as you notice any speech problems.
Symptoms can include:
We provide therapy service in schools, homes, on-line and in our clinic located in Chandler.
Many children with Childhood Apraxia of Speech may have other communication problems as well, including:
The professional in charge of treating your child's Apraxia of Speech is a speech-language pathologist (SLP). The SLP will work with your child to design a program that meets your child's unique needs. Meaningful activities will be developed to make therapy interesting and effective in meeting goals.