Bridging the gap between speech and language: Using multimodal treatment in a child with apraxia

Cheryl D. Tierney, Kathleen Pitterle, Marie Kurtz, Mark Nakhla, Carlyn Todorow

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Abstract

Childhood apraxia of speech is a neurologic speech sound disorder in which children have difficulty constructing words and sounds due to poor motor planning and coordination of the articulators required for speech sound production. We report the case of a 3-year-old boy strongly suspected to have childhood apraxia of speech at 18 months of age who used multimodal communication to facilitate language development throughout his work with a speech language pathologist. In 18 months of an intensive structured program, he exhibited atypical rapid improvement, progressing from having no intelligible speech to achieving age-appropriate articulation. We suspect that early introduction of sign language by family proved to be a highly effective form of language development, that when coupled with intensive oro-motor and speech sound therapy, resulted in rapid resolution of symptoms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere20160007
JournalPediatrics
Volume138
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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