Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS)

Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) is a motor speech disorder.  Kids with CAS have a difficult time saying words, syllables, and sounds.  This is due to the brain having problems with planning to move the body parts that are necessary for speech (e.g. jaw, lips, and tongue) and not a result of muscle weakness.

Some characteristics of Apraxia are:

  • Poor speech intelligibility
  • Delayed onset of speech and may be missing sounds
  • Limited babbling as an infant
  • Only a few vowel and consonant sounds
  • Loss of previously spoken words
  • More difficulty with longer words and phrases than shorter ones
  • Appears to be groping when trying to produce sounds and words
  • Speech is monotonous and/or choppy