Apraxia is a condition in which your child finds it difficult to organise the movements of the muscles when talking, which makes it difficult for him or her to say what he or she wants to say correctly as well as consistently.
What Problem will my Child have in his or her Childhood if he or she has Apraxia?
If your child has apraxia, keep encouraging and supporting him or her as your child practices speech and language skills. This will make your child feel that he or she is doing well, which will help in improving your child’s communication skills.
As your child grows older, he or she will have problem in making fine movements, such as handwriting or playing playground games with other children of his or her age. Your child will also face problem in concentrating. Children with this problem start avoiding activities at home as well as
school to avoid feeling embarrassed in front of others.
How to Treat Childhood Apraxia?
The problem will disappear in mild cases as they grow up. But in most cases (9 out of 10), the problem will continue till teenage and adult age.
Although there is no cure for apraxia, there are number of therapies to make it easier for your child to cope with the problem. These therapies include:
- Speech and language therapy improves your child’s speech and communication skills.
- Occupational therapy will help your child to be independent and complete his or her everyday tasks.
Ensure that the schedule of different therapies is according to your child’s temperament and your child does not get bored or tired.
Having apraxia will not have any effect on your child’s intelligence though it may affect their ability to learn. But with extra help, they will be able to keep up with their classmates.
As a parent, you need to be supportive and patient. Putting pressure will only make the problem worse. Always keep in mind that your child is not intellectually impaired.