Treatment of Childhood Apraxia of Speech by Chicago Speech Therapy | Chicago Speech Therapy

Treatment of Childhood Apraxia of Speech by Chicago Speech Therapy

As adults, we take speech for granted. Adults can talk all day and sometimes not even think about it, so it’s difficult to comprehend why your child is struggling with something as natural as speech. However, in reality, the oral-motor skills needs to speak properly are very complicated – and this is evident when we see how long it takes for children to normally adopt sophisticated speech and be comfortable understanding complex vocabulary. Speech is more like learning a complicated ballet routine in which the pirouettes, plies and arabesques must be completed in a certain order, and much less like walking or running where movements are produced repetitively. You wouldn’t expect your child to dance very gracefully right away, and not without the proper practice.

Six Steps for Treating Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS)

Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) is treated using integral stimulation which is also referred to as the “watch me, listen, do as I do” approach using multimodal cues (gestural modes of body movement, pointing, sign, and conversational gestures) to teach the child new information. What appears to be a natural progression toward more complex speech patterns and movements for a normally developing child is a more effortful, demanding and slow process for a child affected by CAS.  So learning this longer speech routine takes much more practice just as learning a dance for a recital would take more time for other children.

There are six significant steps for apraxia speech therapy:

  1. The child watches and listens and then produces the sound or movement simultaneously with the therapist.
  2. The therapist demonstrates, and then the child repeats the sound or movement simultaneously while the therapist mouths it.
  3. The therapist demonstrates and provides cues and the child repeats.
  4. The therapist demonstrates and the child repeats with no cues provided.
  5. The clinician elicits the sound or movement without demonstrating, e.g. asking a question with the child responding spontaneously.
  6. The child produces the sound or movement in less-directed situations with therapist’s encouragement in role-play or games.

Chicago Speech Therapy Addresses Apraxia

As a concerned parent, it is most helpful  if you reach out to a certified speech therapist who can provide a warm, patient and understanding environment for your child to overcome his or her apraxia. Chicago Speech Therapy provides in-home private speech therapy in the Chicagoland area and western suburbs. Speech therapy to treat childhood apraxia can be a long and repetitive process and finding a therapist you trust is even more important.

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"Elizabeth was an incredibly communicative and supportive therapist for our daughter. We saw impressive improvement quickly, and our 2yo often looked forward to their weekly sessions. Our daughter just graduated from speech and we're so grateful for Elizabeth's expertise, empathy, and support over the past year!"

"We had the most wonderful experience with Chicago Speech Therapy! Our speech pathologist, Miss Megan, developed a bond with our son almost immediately. By week two, he would await her arrival by the window in our front door! She quickly discovered all of his favorite things and would bring so many toys of her own that would keep him engaged and wanting to talk! She gave us (parents) tons of strategies to work with on our own in between her weekly visits. Our son made consistent progress under her care and has now been released from speech therapy ~ which actually makes us so sad ~ simply because we miss Miss Megan! She basically became part of our family and will be dearly missed. I couldn’t recommend Miss Megan and Chicago Speech Therapy more!"

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