Apraxia – What does therapy look like?

By Alexandra Gantner, M.A., CCC-SLP, Lead Therapist

Apraxia therapy looks different with every child, depending on their severity and age. Many times Apraxia can be confused with other speech challenges. For younger clients or clients who have more significant motor planning difficulty, therapy may include imitation of simple vowel and consonant sounds, actions, and oral movements related to speech. The order in which the phonemes are presented is critical.

For older children or children with less significant motor planning difficulty, therapy may include production of multi-syllabic words, production of specific phonemes in the initial, medial, and final position of words, vowel production, or sequencing multi-word phrases. Varying levels of cueing by the speech-language pathologist will be used to facilitate productions.

Whatever your child’s needs, it is important to locate a Masters Degreed Speech/Language Pathologist with experience with apraxia in order to correctly diagnose and treat the motor planning disorder.

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