Definition of Apraxia of Speech
Apraxia of Speech is a speech disorder where your child has
trouble saying what he (or she) wants to say correctly, which is
not caused by paralysis.
Common signs of Apraxia of Speech
- As an infant, your child did not babble (or not much)
- Your child has problems forming words correctly by putting
sounds and syllables together in the correct order
- Your child does not stress syllables correctly
- Speech mistakes are random: your child may say a word correctly
in one sentence and then say the same word incorrectly in the next
- Your child understands better than your child speaks
What to do if you suspect your child might have Apraxia
If you suspect your child might have Apraxia of Speech, talk to
your primary care physician about your concerns. Your physician can
refer your child to a Speech-Language Pathologist at Children's
Mercy Hospitals and Clinics for formal testing. Early
identification and treatment is important to helping your
How is Apraxia of Speech diagnosed?
Your speech pathologist will do formal testing on your child.
This testing could include repeating a particular word several
times or repeating a list of words of increasing length (i.e. -
sun, sunny, sunniest)
How is Apraxia of Speech treated?
After testing, if your child is diagnosed with Apraxia of
Speech, your speech pathologist will provide you with information
about the condition and recommend speech therapy.
The Kreamer Family Resource Center at CMH can help families with web-based resources about
Apraxia of speech.