Improving Verbal Apraxia
with Intensive Therapy
As speech pathologists, we will provide you with a complete understanding of verbal apraxia. Then we will introduce the latest technique in effective home speech therapy:
Professional speech therapy on DVD and VHS.
You can help yourself or a loved one develop significant speech improvements by providing effective exercises to practice everyday.
What is Apraxia?
Apraxia is a disorder that affects voluntary muscle movement. It is caused
by damage to parts of the nervous system responsible for planning and carrying out motor (muscle) movement.
The ability to carry out a sequence of muscle
movements is impaired, however; significant muscle weakness
is not present.
What is Verbal Apraxia?
Verbal apraxia (also known as, Apraxia of Speech or AOS) is a disorder that
affects the muscles involved with producing speech. These muscles include the jaw,
lips, tongue, respiratory system (lungs), and vocal folds (vocal cords).
People with AOS have difficulty initiating, coordinating, or sequencing the muscle movements necessary to speak. They know what they want to say, but cannot transfer the message from their brain to the oral muscles.
How Does it Affect Speech?
The primary difficulty with any apraxia is in the thinking of what to do as opposed to a reflex response. This is often an area of confusion
for some caregivers.
Caregivers frequently ask, "Why is my husband/wife able to curse when they are angry without any difficulty at all, but when I ask them a question they have trouble answering me?"
The answer reflects the cause of verbal apraxia:
The cursing is an automatic
response (like pulling your hand away from a hot surface - you don't have to think about it). However, answering a question requires voluntary
planning on how to move the oral muscles - which is where the difficulty lies.
Simply put, the message sent from the brain for an automatic response (like cursing) is so well-learned that no "thinking" is necessary. On the other hand, attempting to choose which muscles to move, as well as what order to move them in is an act that takes planning.
This is why individuals with apraxia of speech have much more difficulty using intended speech. For more information on apraxia of speech visit our
Apraxia of Speech Page.
Find out how apraxia of speech can affect Prosody (the rhythm and melody of speech)
What is Oral Apraxia?
Oral apraxia involves the oral muscles, but it is not related to the act of speaking. It is the inability to voluntarily move the oral muscles (jaw, lips, and tongue) on command.
For example, an individual with oral apraxia would have difficulty pursing their lips if told to do so. However, pursing their lips to kiss someone could be carried out automatically.
Oral apraxia and apraxia of speech frequently appear together, although they may both occur in isolation.
The Difference between Apraxia and Dyspraxia
Both, apraxia and dyspraxia tend to be used to describe the same
disorder. Although similar, there is a significant difference:
Apraxia is the lack of ability to plan and carry out
Dyspraxia is an impaired ability to plan and carry out
By definition, apraxia represents a more severe motor disorder.
Your Solution for Improving Verbal Apraxia
Speech-language pathologists are the qualified professionals that help individuals afflicted with verbal apraxia. There are a variety of professional techniques employed to remediate the symptoms of verbal apraxia as well as oral apraxia.
Consistent practice of these exercises has been traditionally successful at improving voluntary control in individuals experiencing oral apraxia and apaxia of speech.
With consistent practice improvements will take hold! Slowly at first. Then as your success continues you begin to develop a higher level of skill each time you practice.
Now these Effective Exercises are
Available to You on DVD!
Research has shown that intensive therapy can make a significant difference in the level of improvements acquired by verbal apraxics. Intensive therapy means practicing everyday!
You or a loved one can make significant speech improvements when you develop an effective exercise routine.
Here's the Opportunity to Practice Everyday ...
Oral Motor Therapy and Speech
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Bringing these successful exercises and professional techniques into your home was the innovative concept of our team of experienced speech-language pathologists.
Both the oral motor exercises and the speech activities presented in these videos have been utilized extensively by trained speech pathologists in hospitals, clinics, and private practice.
Decrease frustration and improve your loved one’s ability to communicate!
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