In general, Childhood Apraxia of Speech or CAS is characterized as difficulty in making correct movements when speaking. This doesn’t mean that children with this disorder have weak speech muscles but that their brain has difficulty coordinating or directing their body when talking. Speech therapy in Milwaukie, Oregon helps children to learn how to move their jaw, lips, or tongue so they can result in words or sounds spoken with normal rhythm and speed.
Symptoms may vary according to the age and severity of the disorder. In the early part, it is associated with delayed onset of first words, having only a limited number of spoken words, as well as only few vowel or consonant sounds. Language therapy in Oregon deals with these and more.
What separates CAS from other types of speech disorders is that children with this disorder may tend to have a difficulty imitating simple words, using an equal emphasis on all syllables, separating syllables like putting a gap or pause in between, distorting vowels, or the apparent groping movements with the tongue, jaw, or lips just to make the correct movement for speech sounds.
There aren’t yet definite causes of CAS but some involve genetic disorder, neurological conditions, syndrome, or metabolic illness. Good thing, communication enhancement is offered at Pathway Speech Therapy for your kids!