My daughter, who turned 2 in July, has a severe speech delay. I've been doing extensive research, and have read through many discussion threads, here and elsewhere, on the subject. We have seen a neurologist and are following up with that soon. We had an MRI and sleep deprived EEG to rule out anything else. Both normal.
When she turned 18 months, I could tell there was an issue with her speech. She shows almost every symptom of Childhood Developmental Apraxia of Speech. We have had her in ECI since she was 18 months and she has made some mild improvement. Most of the improvement seems to be more evident in her cognitive growth as opposed to the therapy itself. She is well above average intelligence and communicates perfectly fine otherwise with her own gestures and sign language.
My concern is how can we know for certain that this is what her diagnosis is? Does this apraxia show in any other physical tests? Do you just rule out seizures and everything else and say, well, must be apraxia then? I am all for treating it as Apraxia and proceeding with therapy, but I'm concerned about how to specifically diagnose it.
This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.