developmental apraxia of speech

de·vel·op·men·tal a·prax·i·a of speech

(DAS) (dĕ-vel'ŏp-men'tăl ă-prak'sē-ă spēch)
Severe articulatory disturbance in childhood characterized by multiple and inconsistent errors in production of voluntary sequences of phonemes, but not due to weakness or spasticity of speech musculature (i.e., not dysarthria).
Synonym(s): childhood apraxia, developmental dyspraxia of speech.
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Additional considerations could include, for example, the unique characteristics of motor speech disorders such as developmental apraxia of speech (DAS) and the potential value of using augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems.
In these articles, two mothers discuss the impact of early intervention and support in their families' experience with apraxia of speech (also known as developmental apraxia of speech, verbal apraxia or dyspraxia), a neurologically based disorder affecting the ability to plan, execute and sequence the movements needed for speech.
In defining developmental apraxia of speech, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), describes its effect as: "The child knows what he or she wants to say, but the brain is not sending the correct instructions to move the body parts of speech the way they need to be moved.

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