Unfortunately, apraxia of speech is over diagnosed by many speech pathologists. Majority of children at our practice that come in with this diagnosis from early intervention are not truly apraxic. This diagnosis should not be given very early on and only given by a seasoned speech pathologist that has expertise in apraxia and understands the empirical research behind this disorder. Furthermore, children who do have apraxia are often not provided with the appropriate course of treatment as this article alludes to. The focus of intervention should be on improving the planning, sequencing and coordination of muscle movements for speech production. Exercises to strengthen the oral muscles do not help with speech production. Consistent practice with the correct exercises is key.
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