Another speech/language question
Hello again. My name is Jessi and I've posted several times before. My first Help Line question ever had to do with my son, AJ's receptive/expressive language disorder. At the time, I asked about whether he may have an auditory processing problem and how/if the two were related. You (Michele) asked your sister, I believe, and she answered the question for me. I have another one now. I've looked up some of his specific symptoms and came across a diagnosis called Childhood Apraxia of Speech. I was curious about what age they can test for this. Before - your sister said that an auditory processing disorder cannot be accurately diagnosed before the age of 8.
AJ is in speech therapy now - and due to me always rushing in and out on my lunch break, I've not been able to address this issue with his speech therapist. By the way, he will be 4 at the end of April.
Here are the symptoms I see:
He has MUCH more difficulty with long sentences than 2-3 word sentences. He has more trouble with spontaneous language (telling me what he's thinking or trying to tell me about the show he's watching, etc.) than language that he's learned sort of by rote (like "I'm thirsty, hungry - I need to go potty", etc.. He has more trouble answering questions when he's under pressure. He seems to confuse things like colors a lot - although I've recently seen some improvement in this (could that be something that's become automatic though - like telling me what he wants to eat???).
He has some other traits that I'm
not sure "fit" into anything - he adds s's to the end of words that don't have an s at the end. Then he has some problems that I think are probably somewhat age appropriate - like mispronouncing the beginning consonants of words.
If you, or anyone, can get any information about this for me - and what steps I should take, I would REALLY appreciate it!
Jessi, again I turned to my sister for some help as I am less familiar with speech disorders. I agree with what she said. Here is her response to your questions...
"First, since the child is in speech I would strongly recommend his mom discuss her concerns with the therapist. The SLP knows his symptoms first hand and could give a more relevant response for her child specifically. Mom says she's always rushing in/out... maybe she could write down her questions to give to the SLP then they could connect at a later time by phone?
For general information, Apraxia of speech is a deficit in the motor planning of speech. In other words, the brain knows what it wants to say, the muscles are capable of making the speech sounds however, somewhere between the intent and the production the message does not get through effectively. Without actually listening to her child I could not tell you whether I think this is an issue for him or not. As far as what she should do, again, I suggest talking to the current SLP. There are assessment tools that can be used. Treatment generally involves a lot of drill work and practice."
Hope that helps :)