Developmental Apraxia of Speech Just Another Motor Problem Second Opinion
Second Opinion  |   May 01, 1992
Developmental Apraxia of Speech
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Donald A. Robin, MA
    Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, Wendell Johnson Speech and Hearing Center, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242
Article Information
Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Apraxia of Speech & Childhood Apraxia of Speech / Speech, Voice & Prosody / Second Opinions
Second Opinion   |   May 01, 1992
Developmental Apraxia of Speech
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, May 1992, Vol. 1, 19-22. doi:10.1044/1058-0360.0103.19
 
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, May 1992, Vol. 1, 19-22. doi:10.1044/1058-0360.0103.19

DAS is a motor control problem in which the purposeful production of speech is faulty. The underlying problem affects movement control of the speech-production musculature for speech and non-speech activities. Diagnostic criteria for DAS should be based on the speech and motor control problems manifested by these children, and not other language or cognitive symptoms, even though these frequently co-occur with the apraxia. Treatment programs should be based on the development of motor skills and, as such, adhere closely to the principles of motor learning.

Acknowledgments
Preparation of the report was supported in part by grants No. P60 DC00976-0X and No. 1 R03 DC01182-1 from the National Institutes on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.
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