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Treating Apraxia

People with acquired apraxia of speech may recover some or all of their speech abilities without treatment. Children with developmental apraxia of speech usually will not outgrow the problem.

One-on-One Therapy Is Key

People with both types of the disorder generally benefit from intensive one-on-one speech-language therapy designed to treat apraxia, and any other speech problems that may be contributing to a patient's symptoms. Since people respond in different ways to therapy, some people will progress further and faster than others. Support, involvement, and encouragement from family members also help.

Other Forms of Communication May Help

In severe cases of both forms of the disorder, a speech-language pathologist may recommend that patients use an alternative form of communication, such as:

  • Sign language
  • A language board or notebook containing pictures or words that the person can point to the convey information
  • An electronic communication device, such as a portable computer, that can be used to write words and, with special software, to produce simulated speech.