Apraxia, looking for more information

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Registered: 05-22-2008
Apraxia, looking for more information
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Fri, 03-26-2010 - 1:41pm

Dear All,


My 4 year old boy is very sweet and loving but he does display many characteristics of Aspergers.


His speech although not at all delayed has always been very slow and precise. Now that he is speaking more I can tell that he is thinking hard of what to say and it takes him a while to get the words out.


Does this sound like apraxia? Could someone share with me what their children who have been diagnosed with apraxia sound like and what is the treatment/therapy for this.


Thank you. Ivona

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Fri, 03-26-2010 - 4:25pm

I'll be honest, there are others hear on this board that know more than I on Apraxia, but I will tell you my oldest son(almost 14) has a very slow speech pattern and needs alot more time to think of a response. His problem is a processing disorder.

I think the only way for you to find out for sure is to have him evaluated by a neurophyscologist, developmental pediatrician, a pyscologist or even your school district can do this (although if you can I would do it privately first, and this is only my opinion because the Doctors are much more thorough and dig deeper than the schools do.

Nice to meet you btw :)

Lainie

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Fri, 03-26-2010 - 5:44pm

My middle son has apraxia, he's 6. When I brought my 3 year old to be evaluated for speech (Alex spoke very clearly from an early age, Ben was way behind Alex, and has a severe speech delay... Amelia is in between, and I had no clue where she was... so I had her evaluated). Anyway.... when I brought her in to be evaluated, I was reassured that her speech patterns were very normal for her age. The speech therapist described Apraxia to me, as sounding as though they have marbles in their mouth... and she was spot on with my son (whom she'd never met, btw). He often sounds as though he's got marbles in his mouth. He never had trouble figuring out what to say, but how to say it, and it was very, very difficult to understand him. When he entered kindergarten, he was at a 60% understandability in a 1-on-1 situation. He's doing so much better, but still has a ways to go.

I'm not sure if that helps you at all, but that's where we are with his Apraxia.

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Mon, 03-29-2010 - 9:34am

Very quickly because I have to take my little one to the ENT.



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Registered: 06-25-2005
Mon, 03-29-2010 - 10:27am

My 11yo ds is slow to get info from brain to mouth. We've ruled out an auditory processing disorder. The speech therapist says it's not apraxia. Right now the ST thinks it might be at least partly due to "cluttering," but we're waiting for testing with a specialist in a few weeks.

If you ask ds questions with short fact-based answers (ex what's 2+2?), he can give you quick responses. If you ask ds questions where there's more than one answer or where he has to formulate a response based on opinions or feelings, his answers are slow in coming and he stops/starts his answers repeatedly.

Ds has indicated before that he has so much info he's sifting through in his head that it's hard for him to pick out the words he wants to use.

Our ST has told us one reason she's so interested in ds getting further testing is 'cus the therapy that's good for one speech problem can be completely wrong for another speech problem. You might want to have your ds evaluated to see if you can get a specific dx for your ds.