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Dyspraxia is a difficulty with planning and coordinating motor movements, in the absence of any muscle weakness. This can affect an individual’s speech and language as the individual may find it difficult to plan and coordinate the movements needed for speech.
Individuals with dyspraxia may have difficulties with their speech and language which can range from mild to severe. They may additionally have a difficulty with their eating and drinking.
Speech and language therapy is highly beneficial for individuals with dyspraxia. Speech and language therapy will help to maximise an individual’s communication to their highest potential.
Dyspraxia is a difficulty in the ability to plan and coordinate movements effectively. Dyspraxia can affect speech and language which can be classified into two types of dyspraxia:
Oral dyspraxia is a difficulty in planning and coordinating voluntary movements of the tongue, soft palate or lips.
Verbal dyspraxia is a difficulty in planning and controlling the voluntary movements of the muscles used for speech. The term apraxia of speech is commonly used in the UK when referring to individuals who have no speech at all as a result of their dyspraxia.
Individuals with dyspraxia may present with the following symptoms:
The exact cause of dyspraxia is unknown; however any injury to the brain or the nervous system can result in dyspraxia. Common conditions which may result in dyspraxia include stroke, cranial nerve damage, cerebral palsy and traumatic brain injury.
A diagnosis of dyspraxia will be made by a team of medical professionals. A speech and language therapist will play a key role in identifying and treating individuals with verbal or oral dyspraxia. The speech and language therapist will carry out a number of assessments and clinical observations to help determine whether an individual has dyspraxia and also the severity of their dyspraxia.
Speech and language therapy can help with a variety of difficulties caused by dyspraxia. Our speech and language therapists can help individuals who have dyspraxia with attention and listening problems, communication problems, swallowing difficulties, voice and speech problems.
Speech and language therapy can be extremely beneficial for individuals with dyspraxia. Speech and language therapy helps individuals with dyspraxia by maximising their ability to communicate to their highest potential. Speech and language therapy can also help with any eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties experienced by individuals with dyspraxia.
Speech and language therapy has many benefits for individuals with dyspraxia. Speech and language therapy may benefit individuals with dyspraxia as any aspect of communication can be improved as well as increasing confidence when communicating.
The speech and language therapist will carry out an initial assessment which will help to determine what difficulties the individual is experiencing and also the severity of their difficulties. An initial assessment will also help in deciding what the most appropriate treatment plan will be for each individual.
The speech and language therapist will provide an individualised treatment plan for the individual which will be tailored to their specific needs and abilities.
After the initial assessment, treatment at speech and language therapy may include assessments, reports, reviews, therapy programmes, training, support groups, advice and education.
The main goal of speech and language therapy is to maximise the individual’s ability to communicate to their highest potential. Speech and language therapy will also address any eating, drinking or swallowing difficulties.
Specific treatment for individuals with dyspraxia may include:
Dyspraxia is a difficulty in planning and coordinating movements. Dyspraxia can affect the muscles involved with speaking, eating and drinking which can cause oral dyspraxia or verbal dyspraxia. Speech and language therapy can help to identify and treat dyspraxia. Speech and language therapy is highly beneficial for individuals with dyspraxia and will maximise their communication, eating and drinking to their highest ability.
We offer a free telephone consultation in order to discuss any concerns regarding your speech, language, voice or swallowing.