Developmental verbal dyspraxia is a condition where the child has difficulties in making and co-ordinating the precise movements, which are used in the production of spoken language, although there is no damage to muscles or nerves. (Ripley, Daines and Barrett 1997).
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Speech and Language
It has been suggested that therapists consider a label of developmental verbal dyspraxia when they are faced with a child with a speech disorder, who presents as a puzzle. Perhaps they make very slow progress in therapy; perhaps their error pattern is inconsistent or idiosyncratic; perhaps there is evidence of other motor control difficulties i.e. they have generalised dyspraxia or oromotor dyspraxia.
For more information on developmental verbal dyspraxia:
Start by looking on this website under Dyspraxia at a glance: Speech
Download the Dyspraxia Foundation factsheet on Developmental Verbal Dyspraxia
Also visit the Apraxia Kids website at: www.apraxia-kids.org and look under Speech topics for a number of useful articles.
Other sources of Information:
The Dyspraxia Foundation sells two books, which have useful chapters:
Praxis makes Perfect 11, chapter 5 “Developmental verbal dyspraxia” by Pam Williams and Juliette Corrin.
Dyspraxia: A Guide for Teachers and Parents by Ripley, Daines and Barrett (1997) Chapter 5 is on speech and language and includes a useful section on feeding.
Information on Other Organisations
Association for all speech impaired children (Afasic)
Helpline: 08453 55 55 77