Apraxia Info document
Back when I was in school Teachers either did not read my I.E.P. (Individual education plan) or did not understand what Apraxia is. I have created this information document for Teachers, employers who are or currently have a student or employee in there class/workplace with Apraxia. I hope that Teachers and Employers find this helpful and can help minimize the Anxiety for there student/employee may have because of their Apraxia.
What is Apraxia?
Apraxia is a life-long neurological speech disorder which causes an error in the pathway from the brain to the mouth. A person with Apraxia knows what they want to say, and what YOU are saying but can’t always get the words out properly.
People per 1000 have Apraxia of speech
What can Apraxia looks and sounds like?
Older children and adults can often have a permanent voice sound which sounds like a funny accent, sometimes described as sounding Deaf, New York or English Accents.
Individucals with Apraxia have trouble controling there Volume of their voice. They may sound like they are yelling or whispering, when in fact they have no idea they are doing such. Approach this with empathy and be polite when informing. A lot of Adults feel imbarased when this is pointed out to them.
Individuals with Apraxia can struggle with controlling their pitch, when speaking there pitch may go high or lower then a “regular” voice.
Apraxia can effect an individuals use of Tone, causing them to sometimes sound sarcastic, mad or happy when otherwise. This can cause a lot of Anxiety and trouble when creating relationships with people.
An individual with Apraxia
may struggle with the rate
of their speech. speaking
too fast at time and
to slow at other times.
Some Comorbid Conditions
One of the more common comorbid conditions is Anxiety, people with Apraxia are often anxious about confrontation, speeches and their voice sound.
Dyspraxia is Developmental co-ordination disorder. A condition that effects physical co-ordination. Someone with Dyspraxia will appear very clumsy.
A common myth of Apraxia is that it is Autism. While children and adults with Autism can have Apraxia they don’t always. And people with Apraxia don’t always have Autism.
Some people with Apraxia are known to have Dyslexia, which effects reading and writing.
It is important to keep these comorbid conditions in thought. However not everyone with Apraxia has these comorbid conditions, some do, some don’t, some may have other conditions.
Ways to help!
Learn some alternate ways to communicate. This shows effort and will help the individual feel loved and included. You can learn ASL, Learn to use AAC Devices, make a picture communication book, anything that will help!
Patience, take time to understand what the person is saying, don’t rush them or try to fill in the blanks (unless they ask)
If the person has Anxiety, a common condition seen with Apraxia. Give them options to see what they will find comfortable ask questions in private, reassure them they aren’t “in trouble” if needing to meet. People with Anxiety and Apraxia need reassurance.