Childhood Apraxia of Speech
What is apraxia of speech?
Childhood apraxia is a motor speech disorder. Children with apraxia have problems saying sounds, syllables, and words, due to the brain having difficulty coordinating the movement of the lips, jaw, or tongue needed for speech.
Signs of childhood apraxia:
- Problems combining sounds; may show long pauses between sounds
- Does not coo or babble as an infant
- May have problems eating; over or under sensitivity in their mouths (may not like toothbrushing or crunchy foods)
- Difficulties with fine motor movement/coordination
- Expressive language problems such as word order confusion
- May appear to be groping when attempting to produce sounds
- Has difficulty imitating speech
What causes apraxia? Something in the child's brain is not allowing messages to get to the mouth muscles to produce speech correctly. In most cases, the cause is unknown but possible causes could be genetic disorder, syndromes, stroke, or brain injury.
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Gluten Free Lazy Lasagna
- 12 oz. of your favorite gluten-free sausage, hamburger meat or ground poultry.
- Onion and garlic powder (OR 1 medium onion, 2 peeled and crushed cloves of garlic and 1 red or green pepper, finely chopped)
- 2 cups of homemade tomato sauce
- 6 oz. (about ½ a carton) of mushrooms, cleaned and quartered (add more or less according to your preferences)
- 2 tbsp gluten-free ketchup
- 8 oz. package of gluten-free ziti or penne, cooked and drained.
- 4 oz. cream cheese (1/2 of 8 oz. brick) - lite is ok
- 1 cup sour cream (8 oz. carton) - lite is ok (or use low fat yogurt)
- 1 cup ricotta cheese - lite is ok
- 1 cup mozzarella cheese - lite is ok
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Brown meat in pan and add onion and garlic powder (or onion, garlic and pepper). If using turkey, you may need to add 2-4 tbsp olive oil so meat doesn't stick as you brown it.
3. Add mushrooms, tomato sauce, and ketchup. You can add chopped raw carrots or a can of sweet corn to extend meat.
4. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat and simmer for 25 minutes.
5. In a large bowl, mix together cream cheese, sour cream and ricotta. Stir in cooked, drained pasta.
6. In a 9"x13" pan, layer half of the cooked meat sauce, cheesy pasta, meat sauce and finish with last half of pasta. Sprinkle top with mozzarella.
7. Bake for 20-30 minutes until cheese is light golden brown and sauce is bubbly. Increase cooking time to about 45 minutes if chilled from fridge.
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