This post is not part of the A to Z Challenge. I know that I am so behind, but there are so many important issues that have required me to put that aside for a bit while I catch up with these things that I am so passionate about. I was so pleased today when I saw this post for children with Apraxia.
What is Apraxia? Well, WebMD says that apraxia is a poorly understood neurological condition. Those who have it find it difficult or impossible to make certain motor movements, even though their muscles are normal. Milder forms of apraxia are known as dyspraxia. There are different types of Apraxia and today I want to discuss Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS). It is a motor speech disorder. Children with CAS have difficulty saying sounds, syllables, and words. This doesn’t mean that their muscles are weak or paralyzed. It is the brain that is having problems communicating to other parts of the body, lips, jaw, tongue, that are necessary for speech. The child knows what he/she wants to say but his/her brain is not able to coordinate the muscle movements that are needed to say those words.
I thought that this was amazing.