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Apraxia

Apraxia

What is Apraxia?

Apraxia is a motor planning or programming disorder that can occur with many different parts of the body. Individuals would seek out a speech therapist for apraxia if they were having difficulty with the planning and movement of their tongue, mouth, and/or lips to produce speech. Apraxia is not a disorder of muscle weakness or paralysis. Apraxia can co-occur with aphasia and/or dysarthria. Apraxia is seen most often in individuals with stroke, traumatic brain injuries, tumors, and neurodegenerative diseases.

 

Speech Therapy for Apraxia

A speech-language pathologist works with patients to screen, assess, diagnose, and treat individuals with apraxia. Treatment approaches can be restorative and/or compensatory in nature, depending on severity. Treatment can sometimes include family members, friends, or others who support the individual with apraxia. Sessions focus on facilitating communication, achieving the highest level of independent function as possible.