Difference between Apraxia & Dyspraxia?

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Difference between Apraxia & Dyspraxia?
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Tue, 03-09-2010 - 5:49pm

We had a neuropsych eval yesturday for Liam (7).

Molly
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Tue, 03-09-2010 - 7:09pm

I think they are the same thing, just different names.

                                

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Tue, 03-09-2010 - 7:34pm

Apraxia and dyspraxia are the same thing.

You can have dyspraxia of speech - meaning difficulty coordinating the movements of speech, or dyspraxia of the body - difficulty coordinating the movements of the body or hands. The same word holds for both.

It's a complicated topic.

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Tue, 03-09-2010 - 8:22pm
My middle son (now 6 1/2) was diagnosed (by the school) with apraxia. There was a longer name, but essentially apraxia. The way it was explained to me is that he knows what he wants to say, but the wires are crossed, and he has trouble actually saying it. He also has issues with his fine motor skills, which is related to the apraxia. When he entered kindergarten, he talked up a storm, but nobody could understand him (less than 60% understandability) after a year of speech, he was at 93% understandability. I had my 3 year old tested through the schools, mainly for speech, because I didn't know what "normal" was. The preschool speech person described apraxia as sounding like he has a mouthful of marbles - and that was it exactly. Benji often sounded (and still does) like his mouth is full of marbles. I don't know what the difference is, and really only know apraxia as it relates to my son. Hope this helps!
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Tue, 03-09-2010 - 9:08pm

Apraxia and dyspraxia are the same thing....literally if you break the words down

dys-difficulty
a- absent

praxis- movemenet

In Europe they tend to use the word dyspraxia to describe both poor motor control of the mouth and the body. You can have just an oral motor planning problem and not be effected globally. In Europe they then the think apraxia and the absence of movement. In the US they tend to call is verbal apraxia and/or global apraxia but mean it the same as they do in Europe. ( I hope that makes sense)

So yes...they are considered the same thing.

Gabe has verbal/oral and mild global apraxia. Also, just as a side note you can have global apraxia (effecting fine/gross motor planning) and NOT have an oral apraxia. And then there is the whole oral apraxia and verbal apraxia....oral apraxia is when the ability to chew and swallow, blow, make kissing faces is not working properly. The verbal just effects the parts that control speech. It really is confusing.

If you are interested in learning more here is a great website to check out. www.apraxia-kids.org

So the neuropsych might have asked you that if Liam has fine motor issues, or problems motor planning his body. It doesn't just effect the mouth. If I confused you more...please feel free to let me know...and I will try harder to explain.



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Registered: 11-13-2003
Wed, 03-10-2010 - 6:42pm

Thank you all!

Molly
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Thu, 03-11-2010 - 12:57am

molly,

Look up "clumsy Child Syndrome". Dyspraxia is basically poor motor skills/coordination type thing. Cait was diagnosed with it at 3. Just part of her ASD makeup similar to Liam.

I believe it is neurologic in nature (ie a neurological reason for poor motor coordination/tone, etc) thus why the neuro pointed it out but it is likely just a fancy name for his motor delays. It is all related and that is the name for that part.

Apraxia of speech is more commonly known and typically from my understanding apraxia of speech is due to poor motor coordination of the mouth and speech muscles.

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Fri, 03-12-2010 - 9:06am

Hi there,


Hey Chanel and thanks for your response. I sent you an email.

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Wed, 03-24-2010 - 10:58am
Skye was dx at 2 with dyspraxia and aprxia.. they called it language and speech disorder and developmental cooridination disorder .. same thing

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