|This program is designed for children with a diagnosis of Childhood Apraxia of Speech. These children may not be able to coordinate the oral motor movement necessary to produce and combine these units to form syllables, words, phrases and sentences. Initially they may lack a significant consonant repertoire. Words may be simplified by deleting consonants or vowels, and/or replacing difficult phonemes (consonants and vowels) with easier ones. Single words may be articulated well, but attempts at further sentence length become unintelligible.
WHAT ARE THE SIGNS & SYMPTOMS OF APRAXIA?
WHAT IS SPECIAL ABOUT THIS PROGRAM?
- Limited or lack of babbling or sound play as an infant
- Phoneme replacements or deletions
- May have a limited repertoire of sounds to make words
- Oral scanning & groping
- May be able to produce isolated sounds but not put them in words
- Difficulty moving across syllables to make words
- Strings of words may result in unintelligible or difficult to understand speech
Children with apraxia need an intensive experience! Take this rare opportunity to have your child seen daily, four days a week. Here at PSLS, we provide a systematic program that helps apraxic children be able to combine simple to complex consonants and vowels into a functional vocabulary. Motor-planning based methods, strategies and techniques will be used for intervention. This is done through drill, conversation, and play with cues, prompts and support. The speech pathologists implementing this program have strong skills in this motor planning approach to therapy and are knowledgeable about oral-verbal motor skills, “cueing” and successive approximations.
HOW DO I SIGN UP FOR THIS SPECIALIZED PROGRAM?
This program is limited in the number of applicants it will accept. A selection process will be used to determine if your child is eligible to participate. You must provide the following:
Call the PSLS office for more information at (480) 991-6560.
- Speech and language testing that was completed in the last year.
- A ten minute videotaped sample of your child’s speech.
- A selection process will be used to determine those children eligible for participation.