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Symptoms of Apraxia

People with either form of speech apraxia may have a number of different symptoms, which may include:

  • A tendency to grope for words or sounds
  • Limited ability to make speech sounds automatically
  • Difficulty putting sounds or syllables together in the correct order to form words
  • Incorrect timing of speech movements and their accompanying sounds
  • Increased tendency to make errors as the length of words or sentences increases
  • Inconsistent speech errors, even when repeating a word that's just been said
  • Errors using vowels
  • A tendency to say a word several times before saying it the right way
  • Inconsistent or improper use of rhythms, stresses, and inflections of speech that are used to convey meaning

Children with developmental apraxia may also:

  • Understand language better than they are able to use it
  • Have difficulty organizing spoken information clearly
  • Demonstrate poor language skills, including poor vocabulary and grammar
  • Experience problems with reading, writing, spelling, or math
  • Have other speech disorders, coordination or "motor-skill" problems
  • Suffer from chewing and swallowing difficulties