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Word Repetition in Language Based Therapy versus Apraxia Therapy

Aug 07, 2022

Word repetition is important for acquiring new motor plans.  

How does the learning differ for children with a language based disorder versus a child with a motor speech disorder?

A child with a developmental language delay benefits from repetition of words during daily routines.  When the parent or clinician repeats the word, it helps the child learn the meaning, categorize it, produce the sounds accurately and use it to communicate.  They learn the word through books, play and real life daily routines.  

A child with a speech motor disorder, such as childhood apraxia of speech, does not benefit the same way.  Through daily routines they learn the meaning of the word and can categorize it, but just hearing the word does not help acquire the motor plan.  The child needs to practice the movements for speech and combine them accurately to produce words.  The child with a speech motor disorder needs to practice producing the sounds and words utilizing multi-sensory cueing techniques and principles of motor learning. 

Here is a link to a post from @speechproductionlabssyr that will provide more information about the principles of motor learning.

Here is a link to a research article explaining principles of motor learning.

An important part of apraxia therapy is the careful selection of the words that you practice with the child.  You can receive a free target selection handout for children with CAS by clicking here.  

This is why it is important to identify children who have childhood apraxia of speech or suspected apraxia, so that the child can receive effective treatment.  

Click here to link to a post for more information about suspected CAS.  

Click here to view an instagram LIVE that I did with Suzanne from @playing speech where we discussed suspected apraxia in the early intervention population.


Free Target Selection Handout for CAS

Learn how to choose target words for minimally verbal children, understand

multisensory cueing, and other do's and don'ts in apraxia therapy.