PT Corner: Apraxia: Pediatric PT Primer
[Source: Dinosaur Physical Therapy]
Apraxia is a neurological disorder characterized by loss of the ability to execute or carry out skilled movements and gestures, despite having the desire and the physical ability to perform them. Typically, most children do not spend time thinking about what is required to catch a ball or to combine sounds to say a word; however, a child with apraxia has to work at each part of the movement to coordinate a task.
In other words, Apraxia is a condition in which a child experiences a disconnect between what they want to achieve or accomplish and the ability to plan and coordinate the movements required to reach the end result.
There are several kinds of apraxia, which may occur alone or together.
1) Ideomotor apraxia: the inability to make the intended movement in response to a verbal command.
-The most widely recognized type of apraxia is ideomotor apraxia, or impaired performance of skilled motor acts despite intact sensory, motor, and language function.
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