Apraxia of speech is grouped with other conditions as a “motor speech disorder”. It varies significantly from child to child, and its severity can range from mild to severe.
Speech is one of the most intricate and complex actions in which humans can be engaged. It requires a high degree of oral- and verbal-motor coordination involving the “articulators” (i.e., lips, tongue, teeth, palate, jaw). Children with apraxia of speech have difficulty initiating and coordinating the oral- and verbal-motor movements needed for the production of speech sounds and for sequencing them into syllables, words, phrases, and sentences.