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    What is the difference between Dyspraxia, Apraxia and Motor Speech Disorder?

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    The American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) say that ‘Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) is a motor speech disorder. Children with CAS have problems saying sounds, syllables, and words. This is not because of muscle weakness or paralysis. The brain has problems planning to move the body parts (e.g., lips, jaw, tongue) needed for speech. The child knows what he or she wants to say, but his/her brain has difficulty coordinating the muscle movements necessary to say those words’. Dyspraxia, Apraxia and Developmental Verbal Dyspraxia are all terms that have been used historically and interchangeably to describe what we now classify as Childhood Apraxia of Speech.
     
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