verbal apraxia

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ver·bal a·prax·i·a

a speech disorder in which phonemic substitutions are constantly used for the desired syllable or word.


1. A disorder of voluntary movement, consisting of impairment in the performance of skilled or purposeful movements, notwithstanding the preservation of comprehension, muscular power, sensibility, and coordination in general; due to congenital or acquired cerebral disease.
2. A psychomotor defect in which the proper use of an object cannot be carried out although the object can be named and its uses described correctly.
[G. a- priv. + prattō, to do]

aprax·i·a of speech

(ă-prak'sē-ă spēch)
Speech disorder due to cortical sensorimotor damage that impairs the ability to program speech musculature for volitional production of sequenced phonemes. Often accompanies motor aphasia.
See: apraxia, oral apraxia, developmental apraxia of speech
Synonym(s): articulatory apraxia, dyspraxia of speech, verbal apraxia, verbal dyspraxia.

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.

or·al a·prax·i·a

(ōr'ăl ă-praks'ē-ă)
Reduced ability, due to cortical sensorimotor damage, to perform voluntary movements of the oral musculature, especially sequenced movements. Often occurs with apraxia of speech.
See also: apraxia
Synonym(s): oral motor apraxia.

verbal apraxia

The inability to form words or speak, despite the ability to use oral and facial muscles to make sounds.
See also: apraxia
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The construction of "speech praxis" was made using variations with the associations: "oral facial praxis" OR "motor speech disorders" OR "speech praxis" OR "apraxia of speech" OR "developmental motor speech disorders" OR " developmental dyspraxia "OR" developmental verbal apraxia ".
This study showed a 97% improvement rate of children with verbal apraxia for those taking the supplement.
I can't think of anyone I've treated where there hasn't been an obvious cause for the aphasia or verbal apraxia.
Verbal apraxia is defined as an impairment of a child's ability to plan and execute voluntary movements of speech.