Verbal Dyspraxia

Verbal Dyspraxia is a speech disorder that interferes with a person’s ability to correctly pronounce sounds, syllables and words. It is the loss of ability to consistently position the articulators (face, tongue, lips, jaw) for the production of speech sounds and for sequencing those sounds into syllables or words. Generally, there is nothing wrong with the muscles themselves. The person does not have difficulty with non-speech activities performed with the muscles such as coughing, chewing or swallowing. However, the area of the brain that tells the muscles how to move and what to do to make a particular sound or series of sounds is damaged or not fully developed. This makes retrieving the “motor plan” for saying a word difficult. As a result, even though the individual knows what they want to say, they cannot say it correctly at that particular time.

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