Worth Repeating: Why Suspected Childhood Apraxia of Speech Requires Careful Assessment
by Tatyana Elleseff
Recently I got one of those phone calls that speech-language pathologists often dread. It went something like this:
Parent: Hi. I am looking for a speech therapist who uses PROMPT [Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets] to treat my son’s childhood apraxia of speech. Are you PROMPT-certified?
Me: I am PROMPT-trained and I do treat motor speech disorders but perhaps you can first tell me a little bit about your child? What is his age? What type of speech difficulties does he have? Who diagnosed him and recommended the treatment?
Parent: He is turning 3. He was diagnosed by a neurodevelopmental pediatrician a few weeks ago. She recommended speech therapy four times a week for 30 minutes, using PROMPT.
Me: And what did the speech therapy evaluation reveal?
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