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Childhood Apraxia of Speech

Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) is a type of motor speech sound disorder in which the brain has difficulty sending a message to the speech muscles regarding how and when to move.  This results in unclear speech. 

If you are concerned that your child may have CAS, we will conduct a thorough evaluation of your child's ability to make speech movements and say speech sounds. A written report with an individualized treatment plan will be provided to you. Speech therapy sessions for CAS are typically 3 to 5 times a week for shorter lengths of time in the initial stages of treatment and are gradually reduced as your child progresses. If your child has CAS, specialized treatment programs such as Dynamic Tactile Temporal Cueing (DTTC) or Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets (PROMPT) will be used to teach your child how to plan the right speech muscle movements and make those movements at the right time. Depending on the method of treatment, speech therapy may be in person or via teletherapy.

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