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Childhood Apraxia of Speech (in plain English)

What is childhood apraxia of speech? Childhood Apraxia of Speech is a type of speech difficulty. It is often referred to just by the letters CAS. CAS is a difficulty with voluntarily moving mouth parts such as the tongue, lips and jaw in order to produce…

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Communication (in plain English)

What is communication? Communication is the sharing of thoughts, feelings, messages and information. It usually takes at least two people to communicate. We might be the one doing the sharing or we might be the one on the receiving end. So, communication means understanding what others…

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Communication Assessment Information for Parents and Carers

Where do assessments take place? This varies but it’s usual for your child to be seen either in their nursery or school, a clinic, or at home. What happens at the first speech therapy appointment? The people who will be there The speech-language pathologist (speech therapist) is…

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Dysarthria (in plain English)

What is dysarthria? The term dysarthria means dysfunction of articulation. In other words, it is an articulation difficulty (or speech difficulty). However, the term is usually used to mean a speech difficulty which is caused by neuromuscular impairment. This is when there is damage that affects how…

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Fluency (in plain English)

What is fluency? Fluency is the smooth, easy production of speech. Fluent speech is made without any effort. It is relaxed and flowing. We all have interruptions to the smooth flow of speech All of us have some interruptions to our speech when…

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General Information for Parents and Carers

Often children need to be taught how to communicate well, or differently, and this will probably take time. Speech and language therapy is a therapy and not a treatment. This means that the things speech-language pathologists (speech therapists) do are more like the…

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