Can apraxia of speech be cured?
Apraxia of speech may get cured on its own in acquired cases. This is known as spontaneous recovery. However, childhood apraxia of speech does not go away without treatment. They need the assistance of a speech-language pathologist to learn speech-language skills.
There is no single program in speech-language therapy that fits all children with apraxia of speech. Each program prepared by the speech-language pathologist is tailored to the child’s needs. Also, the treatment considers other problems that the child is suffering from along with the apraxia of speech. The therapy is given on a one-on-one basis as group therapies do not work effectively.
In severe cases, children with apraxia of speech may need alternative channels to express themselves. These include the use of books with pictures or electronic devices, such as mobile phones or tablets, to produce sound and convey what they want to say.
Not all children with apraxia of speech progress at the same speed. Some may learn speech therapy and speech-language skills quickly whereas others take time. Support of the people around them, especially family and friends, in learning and practicing speech-language skills has been seen to make the treatment more effective.