Verbal apraxia, or apraxia of speech (AOS), is a neurological disorder that affects the brain pathways involved in planning the sequence of movements involved in producing speech. The brain knows what it wants to say, but cannot properly plan and sequence the required speech sound movements. Many people have both apraxia of speech and aphasia resulting from stroke. When both of these communication disorders are present, people might have difficulty expressing themselves with words.
While aphasia may make it hard for someone to speak, read, or write, apraxia of speech refers to the difficulty someone has saying what he or she wants to say correctly and consistently.
Understanding How Apraxia May Affect Communications and Language
A person with apraxia may speak a completely different word than they intended. Language may be distorted; the person may repeat things, leave out words, or put them in the wrong order. The person may struggle to find the right word or find it difficult to use longer words. At the same time, they may be able to use short, common phrases like “How are you?” and may write better than he or she can speak.
Lingraphica has created a family of free apps to help with communication disorders called SmallTalk™ apps. The SmallTalk video apps can help with verbal apraxia.