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How comman is apraxia in children?

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Dr. Becky White
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Not very

Most current estimates are that apraxia occurs in 1-10 out of every 1, 000 children or 3-5% of children.
However, it is difficult to say how many have just apraxia versus other language disorders.

In brief: Not very

Most current estimates are that apraxia occurs in 1-10 out of every 1, 000 children or 3-5% of children.
However, it is difficult to say how many have just apraxia versus other language disorders.
Dr. Becky White
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
I agree, except for the typo of 3-5%. 0.01-0.1 % is about right. One problem is the lack of clear diagnostic criteria, as stated on the ASHA website. I understand that SLT's code for Developmental Apraxia so they can provide therapy for kids with language disorders, but some parents assume that no further diagnostic evaluation for the Neurodevelopmental Disorder causing the delays.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Sorry, "...that no further diagnostic evaluation is needed...
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