Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) is a neurological speech sound disorder in which motor planning of speech movements are impaired. The primary impairment is planning and/or programming a sequence of movements to produce speech. According to ASHA.org, “Childhood Apraxia of Speech occurs in 1-2 children per 1,000; and is more common in boys than girls with a ratio of 2 or 3:1”. Some of the characteristics associated with CAS are: decreased intelligibility, difficulty saying vowels and consonants, inconsistent speech errors, and inappropriate rhythmic speech patterns.
A therapeutic technique that our professionals at Laura Michie, LLC are trained in and have experience with is PROMPT (Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets) Therapy. PROMPT is a tactile evidence-based therapeutic technique. Motor speech depends on a multitude of domains; if any of those domains are affected, the speech will be affected. The PROMPT technique evaluates and treats individuals while incorporating all of these domains.