Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS)

Kim spends a significant amount of her professional time in the diagnosis and treatment of children with childhood apraxia of speech (CAS).

 

DIAGNOSIS

The diagnosis of a child with childhood apraxia of speech (CAS) is best performed by a licensed speech-language pathologist experienced in CAS and the principles of speech motor planning and coordination. Speech-language pathologists are prepared to differentially diagnose speech production disorders, considering the quality of speech difficulty, typical development, delay vs. disorder, etc. Young children often benefit from dynamic diagnostic therapy for a period of time to adequately collect and analyze a robust communication sample before a diagnosis can be determined.

TREATMENT

Treatment of a child with CAS requires frequent, intensive and individual therapy using multi-sensory cueing (hearing, seeing and feeling). Kim integrates motor programming principles, PROMPT method and Integral Stimulation (IS) in her approach. Repetitive practice of speech targets is important. Successful outcomes happen when we combine fading strategic cues with opportunities to practice, gentle feedback and rhythm activities.

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS

When working with a child with CAS it is important to investigate and support the child's:

  • social interactions and play with other children
  • early literacy (reading) abilities
  • language learning
  • augmentative or alternative communication (AAC) system possibilities