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Plz I need a neurologist to answer me my 3 years old boy diagnosed by speech pthologist with childhood apraxia of speech. What tests do you recommand?
MRI of brain, maybe: The first thing I would recommend would be a thorough neurological evaluation of the child. This will identify any evidence of a central nervous system injury such as stroke or other brain insult. If there is a suspicion of brain damage for any reason then, an MRI may be helpful. Also, according to history and other factors certain genetic disorders or syndromes may be considered and tested for. ...Read more
Apraxia refers to several concepts. One is where motor or cognitive tasks cannot be done even when comprehension and physical capacity to perform are present, often referring to acquired difficulties, sometimes inborn. The term may be used to describe problems seen in daily living, or the failure to complete a task during testing. It's not generally applied to ...Read more
3 year old boy has childhood apraxia of speech diagnosed by speech pathologist. How can I know if the vacuum at birth caused it. No one in family has it?
True Developmental: Apraxia (DA) is usually genetic or of unknown cause. MRI's rarely show congenital malformation or damage in brain regions that control speech & language. A team of developmental/behavioral pediatrician, pediatric (neuro)psychologist, SLT & OT should differentiate DA from Autistic Spectrum Disorder & Global Developmental Disorder, singly or together & isolated Expressive Language Disorder for you ...Read more
My child is 3 and has apraxia for speech in the future would he be able to work and hold down a job. Or is it possible to get disability for illness?
Not a handicap: Apraxia of speech is a normal phase of speech development. More important is good hearing and good understanding. Apraxia just means problems with clear production of speech. This is very common and often corrects with time and speech therapy. You must not approach him in such a negative way. You must believe he is bright and capable and just needs some extra help. ...Read more
See below: Apraxia of speech, also known as verbal apraxia or dyspraxia, is a speech disorder in which a person has trouble saying what he or she wants to say correctly and consistently. It is not due to weakness or paralysis of the speech muscles (the muscles of the face, tongue, and lips). The severity of apraxia of speech can range from mild to severe. ...Read more
Developmental Verbal: Apraxia can be caused by inherited mutations of the FOXP2 gene on Chromosome 7. Family history of Specific Language Impairment, articulation (speech) disorder & dyslexia helps determine prognosis, which depends on genetic & other medical causes, level of cognition, & presence of comorbid conditions. In the least affected, speech & language may be near typical by adolescence. Each case is different ...Read more
26 month old male w/Apraxia. Is this a dx or a symptom? Minor core weakness, no other issues. What should we do now? Speech 3X a week right now.
Seek a medical:
Diagnosis from a Developmental/Behavioral Pediatrician AND get a free assessment of his development in all streams + autism-specific testing & Early Intervention Services at Child and Family Connections, (630) 879-2277.
Developmental Apraxia is a Neurodevelopmental Disorder; rule out Receptive & Expressive Language Disorder, Autistic Spectrum Disorder &/or Global Developmental Disorder first. ...Read more
Neurologist: Neurosurgeon and probably some psychiatrists and primary care doctors as well. ...Read more
What are the tests that a neurologist would do to check apraxia of speech for a 3 years old boy that has only a problem in his speech can say 10 words?
A 3-year-old with: Expressive language ~ 15 mos. Needs a Brainstem Auditory Evoked Response, standardized testing both for Autistic Spectrum Disorder & of cognitive, social/adaptive, self-help, fine & gross motor, receptive & expressive language skills & genetic tests - Chromosomal Microarray & DNA Probe for Fragile X. Clinical findings show if other labs, EEG &/or MRI of the brain will help find the etiology. ...Read more
My 32mo old son was diagnosed with apraxia of speech. Now EEG showed slow brain waves at the back of his brain. What could cause this?
Mild disorganization: There have been attempts to understand brain development with EEG for many years. 30 years ago they tried BEAM (brain electrical activity mapping) to diagnose ADHD, dyslexia, etc. We are still in the dark. Receptive language develops better than expressive language in many, especially boys. This can cause difficulty forming words (dyspraxia) as well as stuttering and frustration. Time will help. ...Read more
My 32mo son has apraxia of speech. Eeg showed slow brain waves at the back of his brain. What does this mean? Waiting for neuro to set
Are there lasting effects of h1n1 on an unborn baby? Had swine flu at 27 weeks, daughter was iugr. Severe speech apraxia, & high pitched squealing.
Possible.: I am sorry for your daughter's problems. One cannot be certain that they are due to h1n1 influenza during pregnancy - however, one cannot dismiss that possibility either. Many viruses cross the placenta and can affect various fetal tissues/organs. Other explanations for your daughter's problems should be investigated, namely metabolic, genetic and neurological syndromes unrelated to infections. ...Read more
Speech/Language: Therapists often code for Developmental Apraxia when insurances won't pay for SLT for Receptive &/or Expressive Language Disorder. Full evaluation may also reveal Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Intellectual Disability, Social Communication Disorder or, at 5 or >, Specific Language Impairment. Mutant FOXP2 genes on Chr. 7 cause familial DA or SLI. The incidence of DA is 0.1-0.2 % of children. ...Read more
Motor problem: Apraxia is a motor disorder in which a person has the requisite individual pieces needed to carry out a complex motor activity, but cannot put them together in a coordinated manner to carry out the task. ...Read more
See below: A form of apraxia characterized by the inability to copy drawings or to manipulate objects to form patterns or designs. It is caused by a right hemisphere lesion. The deficit is tested by asking the patient to copy two-dimensional geometric patterns, such as circles, squares, diamonds, and hexagons, and to copy three-dimensional structures constructed of 1-inch building blocks. ...Read more
Inability to perform: Apraxia refers to several concepts. One is where motor or cognitive tasks cannot be done even when comprehension and physical capacity to perform are present, often referring to acquired difficulties, sometimes inborn. The term may be used to describe problems seen in daily living, or the failure to complete a task during testing. It's not generally applied to ignorance or extraordinary challenges. ...Read more
I've been told I most likely have apraxia. Is it hereditary or not? Also will I need to be planning to go into a care home?
Adult-onset apraxia,: Aka acquired apraxia may affect speech, eye movement &/or limb movement. If not caused by head trauma, stroke or brain tumor, it may be caused by one of ~100 genetic disorders. A neurologist needs a 3-generation family history, personal medical history & copies of all neuroimaging studies to diagnose. If a Chromosomal Microarray blood test reveals a cause, referral to a geneticist is warranted. ...Read more