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Apraxia of Speech/Dyspraxia

Apraxia of Speech is a motor speech disorder that makes it hard to speak (ASHA.org). Working with a speech-language pathologist learning how to say sounds and words better supports students with Apraxia. The broader umbrella of dyspraxia is characterized by difficulties coordinating one’s physical actions. Apraxia of speech/dyspraxia does not impact intelligence; most people with apraxia of speech/dyspraxia have average to above average intelligence.

Here are ways to support students with Apraxia:

  • Provide assistive devices or alternative communication methods, when appropriate.
  • Teach writing using multiple methods using different pencil grips, types of paper, and writing implements.
  • Break down projects and instructions and consider using checklists as students with apraxia of speech/dyspraxia may have difficulties with a series of instructions.

References

American Speech Language Hearing Association (n.d.). Childhood Apraxia of Speech. https://www.asha.org/public/speech/disorders/childhood-apraxia-of-speech/

Lindsay, L.  (2020). Speaking of Apraxia: A parents' guide to childhood apraxia of speech. S.l.: Woodbine House Inc., U S.

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