What is Speech Aparaxia?

Aparaxia is a neurological disorder that affects the ability to control gross and fine motor movement and gestures. Aparaxia could be present at the time of birth, or may be acquired through a brain injury. It affects the ability to move the facial muscles and the limbs, like feet, legs, and toes. Aparaxia also often affects a person’s communication skills.

The neurological disorder usually ranges from mild to severe. The affected individual can’t perform purposeful movements, despite having all the intellectual thought, physical strength, and the desire.

Talking to Children about their Unique Abilities

Speech aparaxia particularly affects a person’s ability to use lips, jaws, and tongue to output spoken words. It could be severe or mild, often making it impossible to carry out verbal communication.

Here are some of the common signs of speech aparaxia.

  • Absence of babbling among very young children
  • Trouble in forming words most of the time
  • Trouble to chew and/or swallow food
  • Problems with some specific words that are difficult to construct.
  • Repeating words

Speech therapists usually work intensively with children having speech aparxia to boost communication skills. Following are some common therapies.

  • Practicing formation and pronunciation of words and sounds
  • Making particular sounds and stringing them together to form words
  • Using rhythm, music and movement for practicing speech
  • Using visual and tactile techniques like speaking while looking in another direction, or making hand movements while talking

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