Speech language therapy is the main treatment for apraxia of speech. SLPs often use a variety of methods to treat it. Your child’s SLP might try methods such as:
- Articulation or phonological therapy
- Adapted cueing technique
- Orofacial myofunctional therapy
- Prompts for restructuring oral muscular phonetic targets therapy (PROMPT system)
- Biofeedback treatments
Speech therapy is tailored to a child’s specific needs. The therapy can also address other language problems. Children with apraxia often need frequent, one-on-one speech therapy to start. The results of therapy are different for each child. Some children make more progress than others.
In severe cases, children may need to use other ways to express themselves for a while. For example, your child might need to use:
- An informal sign language
- A language notebook with pictures
- A portable computer that writes and produces speech
Your child may not need to use these tools long-term.
Some children may also be helped by working with other health professionals. These may include:
- Occupational therapists
- Developmental pediatricians
- Special education specialists