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Speech Dyspraxia in Children

Developmental Verbal Dyspraxia/Childhood Apraxia of Speech means the child has difficulty with the coordination and movement patterns of speech muscles that are needed for clear and intelligible speech. Children with Verbal Dyspraxia usually have the same intelligence as other children their age and most of the time they have full understanding of spoken language and what they want to say but they have difficulty actually saying it. This can be a huge source of frustration for a child so it is recommended that they visit a speech and language therapist for early intervention to ensure that their confidence and self-esteem is not compromised.

Our Paediatric Speech Therapists are here to help your child to communicate, express themselves and be who they want to be… 

Symptoms Of Dyspraxia in Children 

Children with speech and language disorders have difficulty communicating their wants and needs. In many cases, children can become frustrated when they can‘t be understood. It is even frustrating for parents when you cannot decipher their message and meet your child’s needs.

Speech development varies from child to child.  As guidance as to the age that you would expect a typical child to develop specific speech sounds, please have a look at Speech Sounds Normal Development.

If your child has difficulty in making single speech sounds consistently, difficulty sequencing sounds together to make up words or has inconsistent production and inconsistent errors in their speech they may have verbal dyspraxia

We recommend that you book in for a 30 minute informal assessment and we will be able to provide guidance on whether your child does in fact have a speech difficulty recommend further assessment and treatment if necessary.

Treatment Of Dyspraxia in Children

If your child has a diagnoses of Verbal Dyspraxia, our expert Child Speech & Language Therapist will devise an individualised treatment plan using the latest evidence based practice.

Assessment: We will first assess exactly what sounds your child is having difficulty with and advise you on the appropriate treatment options.

Treatment: The first part of the treatment plan is ensuring that your child understands that sounds can change word meaning. We then progress to support your child’s production of the target sound using various tried and tested speech exercises. We will work on the target sounds in isolation, in part words, in words and in sentences. We will use games and reward structures to motivate your child in the sessions.

Child Friendly: All exercises and treatment modalities that we use are child friendly and usually involve using pictures and games to elicit the targeted speech sound and to help motivate your child.

Guidance: We will guide you on the best ways to successfully transfer the skills learned in our clinic to home and other everyday settings.

Support: Worksheets will be provided each week in order to encourage and facilitate regular practice and improvement at home between your child’s sessions. At all stages throughout the treatment plan, we will provide detailed guidance for you on how to support your child’s speech development between sessions depending on what stage of treatment they are at.

Our Expertise of Dyspraxia in Children

Spectrum Health’s Speech and Language Therapists can treat or effectively manage most childhood speech difficulties.

We will differentially diagnose and provide treatment for developmental verbal dyspraxia/childhood apraxia of speech. All of Spectrum Health’s Paediatric Speech and Language therapists are qualified from University with a B.Sc. or M.sc (Hons) in Speech and Language Therapy and have ample experience working with children who have speech difficulties.