Apraxia

Apraxia is a condition which affects a child’s ability to move muscles in a correct sequence to achieve a desired result.

There are two forms of apraxia; acquired and developmental. Acquired apraxia can occur at any age and causes people to lose the ability to speak. Developmental apraxia, also known as childhood apraxia, affects a child’s ability to form sounds and words. The majority of children with developmental apraxia will make significant improvements, even a complete recovery, if they receive the right support.

In our experience, early intervention and support for apraxia can be crucial. Early support from a speech and language therapist, with intensive programmes of support carried out by schools can have significant benefits.

Apraxia results in special educational needs (SEN). In our experience, SEN additional support may not be adequate to cater for the level of therapeutic support that is needed. Often, an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) will be necessary. If a Plan is refused, special educational needs advice should be sought.

 

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