The theme in 2016: Dyspraxia
The 6th March every year is celebrated around EU to highlight the impact of different types of communication disorders on people’s lives. In 2016 the focus is on dyspraxia of speech in children. We aim to provide information about dyspraxia of speech as well as about the services, intervention and support available.
Dyspraxia is a neurological disorder affecting co-ordination of movement. Some individuals have dyspraxia of speech, which affects the precision and consistency of their articulation. For example, some children can’t pronounce the same word consistently, and find certain sounds too difficult to produce accurately. Vowels are often distorted and their speech can sound very flat and monotonous. It is estimated that up to 0.2% of all children may have this condition, and this group make up 4.3% of the children referred for speech disorders. Dyspraxia of speech may occur in isolation or be associated with other difficulties. More boys than girls are affected.
Dyspraxia of speech makes a child very difficult to understand, severely affecting their social communication and their progress at school.
Speech and Language Therapists have expert skills to assess and treat dyspraxia of speech. They can also provide information to families known to be at risk for this condition. Studies have shown good results when therapy is focused on speech gestures associated with words and phrases.