What is Dyspraxia?

“Dyspraxia” means difficulty with the patterns of movements in speech. Children with verbal dyspraxia have difficulty in controlling and co-coordinating the movements of the speech muscles necessary for clear and coherent speech.

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The children may show one or more of the following characteristics:
* Difficulty in making the speech sounds
* Difficulty in sequencing sounds to make up words
* Difficulty in keeping speech clear in sentences,
* Difficulty in controlling the speed, rhythm and loudness of
* Speech Difficulty
* Speech problems
* Learning difficulties

Who works with children with Dyspraxia?
if the child has speech/and or oral motor problems, a Speech and Language Therapist will work with the child alongside other professionals in the public or private speech therapy setting.

How do Speech and Language Therapist decide whether a child may have dyspraxia?

A speech therapist will investigate Dyspraxia in children when a child may:

* have speech disorder,
* make very slow progress in therapy;
* speech error pattern is inconsistent;
* Evidence of other motor control difficulties i.e. problems with lip and tongue movements

How do Speech Therapists assess children with suspected Dyspraxia?

The main purpose of the assessment stage is to explore the childs language and communication skills using the following methods.

Observation & interaction with the child during play activities.
Use of recognised clinical assessments, which investigate core language skills
Oral motor assessment
Information gathering from parents and other professionals
The therapist can then build profile of the childs strength and needs and implement the appropriate therapy programme.

What kinds of therapy will be carried out?

A Speech therapist may work with child to:
* Helping the child to make single sounds
* Improving ability to repeat sounds and swap from one sound to another
* Helping the child to use these sounds in words
* Building up from words to sentences
* Improve the movements of the mouth

What can private Speech therapy offer children with apraxia?
•Offer flexible working patterns to ensure professional support at a time convenient to the people involved with the child.
•Administer therapy that targets their main difficulties on a 1:1 basis.
•Implement consistent blocks of therapy for individual children
Provide training for individuals who work closely with child.
•Provide clear and concise advice and strategies.
•Individual therapy programmes & targets for Individual Education Plans.
•Provide comprehensive clinical reports with recommendations for future management.

if you suspect your child has a speech and language problem consult a qualified Speech and Language Therapist and/or your Doctor in the first instance.

SLT is a national Speech and Language Therapy Service for chidren in London which:

Strives to improve childrens speech, language and communication skills.

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