Ages and Stages, Speech & Language

Apraxia and Children with Down Syndrome

I’ve read many blog posts and threads on list-servs over the last year and apraxia is a hot topic. As I start our on this series to explain what apraxia is (and isn’t) my hope is two-fold:  My readers will understand apraxia and how it presents in children with Down syndrome Any negative emotions related… Continue reading Apraxia and Children with Down Syndrome

Speech & Language, Uncategorized

Speech Sound Disorders and Children with Down syndrome

Continuing our discussion on speech in children with Down syndrome, today we're going to explore speech sound disorders. Speech sound disorders may cause problems making individual sounds or difficulty with groups of sounds. Sounds can be changed, left off, or added. The two speech sound disorders we'll focus on today are articulation disorder and phonological disorder. Articulation Disorder:… Continue reading Speech Sound Disorders and Children with Down syndrome

Ages and Stages, Speech & Language

Let’s talk about speech disorders: Overview

By far, the most frequent concern I hear from  anyone regarding children with Down syndrome is,  "I can't understand what Joe says. He gets so frustrated because he knows what he wants to say, but it is so unclear! What can you do?" Unclear speech is a symptom of a larger problem. To understand how to improve speech we… Continue reading Let’s talk about speech disorders: Overview