Looking for opinions…I thought I remembered from school that an Apraxia of Speech diagnosis should not come with any accompanying muscular issues. I just saw a post sharing the story of a lovely young lady with CP (which would really impact muscle tone) who was also diagnosed with AoS. Many many people in the comments stated they had kiddos with similar profiles. Am I just remembering the details wrong?!?! I sincerely hope so since I would be heartbroken to think so many people had kids who were misdiagnosed. Any thoughts??
“Childhood apraxia of speech (CAS) is a neurological childhood speech sound disorder in which the precision and consistency of movements underlying speech are impaired in the absence of neuromuscular deficits (e.g. abnormal reflexes, abnormal tone). CAS may occur as a result of known neurological impairment, in association with complex neurobehavioral disorders of known and unknown origin, or as an idiopathic neurogenic speech sound disorder.”
What About Cerebral Palsy?
“Cerebral Palsy is considered a neurological disorder caused by a non-progressive brain injury or malformation that occurs while the child’s brain is under development….While Cerebral Palsy (pronounced seh-ree-brel pawl-zee) is a blanket term commonly referred to as “CP” and described by loss or impairment of motor function, Cerebral Palsy is actually caused by brain damage. The brain damage is caused by brain injury or abnormal development of the brain that occurs while a child’s brain is still developing — before birth, during birth, or immediately after birth.”
Based on these definitions, a child with CP could also be diagnosed with CAS.