Apraxia and Phonology - What are the Similarities? Sometimes, it…
Apraxia and Phonology – What’s the Difference?
Now that we’ve seen the similarities between apraxia and phonological speech disorders, let’s take a look at the differences that will help us decipher them!
- Caused by motor speech and processing difficulty (the child knows what they want to say, but cannot express it)
- Intact oral motor strength and ability
- Vowel and consonant sounds are distorted and limited
- Cannot directly imitate oral motor movements, sounds, words
- Speech mistakes are not repetitive/consistent
- Potential mildly or moderately affected coordination ability of the articulators or body movements
- Oral motor groping present
- Articulation errors follow a pattern
- Errors can be categorized into various phonetic disorders, such as: fronting, backing, final sound deletion, assimilation, etc.
- Child can produce longer sentences
- Child has a variety of vowel and consonant sounds in their repertoire
- Can imitate oral motor movements, sounds, words
- Speech mistakes are repetitive and form a pattern
- Possible history of ear infections
- No oral motor groping present