Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) is a condition where children experience difficulty voluntarily making sounds for speech and putting these sounds together to form words and sentences. CAS can vary in severity including the degree of symptoms and the intensity of treatment required. With regular speech therapy from a Speech Pathologist, Childhood Apraxia of Speech can be treated and managed.
There are early signs of CAS which can be identified in babies and toddlers. You may notice that young children experience various problems with mouth movements, speech development or making sounds. These include:
There are various ways CAS is displayed in children. Some of the key features that a Speech Pathologist will recognise and aim to treat include:
Children with CAS experience a range of difficulties with the movement of their mouths and the communication of sounds. They may therefore develop frustration or become upset that they feel unable to communicate their message. Children with CAS may also have problems with spelling or reading.
There is no known cause of CAS. If a child is diagnosed with CAS, it does not mean they have an intellectual impairment. There is currently no evidence to support a genetic contribution or a brain abnormality as being the cause of CAS. Further research is being explored to discover the causes behind CAS.
If you have noticed any of the symptoms listed above, speak with your GP and they will be able to refer you to a Speech Pathologist. The team at Chatterbox Speech Pathology are experienced in treating CAS to enable your child to develop the tools to manage their condition.
An assessment by a Speech Pathologist at Chatterbox Speech Pathology will determine whether your child is experiencing CAS or another condition that is causing their symptoms. Following this careful diagnosis, a treatment plan will be developed by your Speech Pathologist.
When treating CAS, the severity of the condition will impact the treatment. Your Speech Pathologist will tailor the treatment to suit your child.
In addition to one on one work with a Speech Pathologist, involvement from teachers, psychologists, family members and occupational therapists may be applicable to ensure your child has the best recovery team possible.