Childhood apraxia of speech

Małgorzata Rutkiewicz-Hanczewska

Uniwersytet im. Adama Mickiewicza w Poznaniu


The article is concerned with the specificity of childhood apraxia of speech, i.e. a disorder
affecting the ability to transform an abstract phonological code into speech movement.
Such disorders affect mainly planning and/or programming of motor sequences, which
results in inconsistent linguistic errors, disrupted transitions between segments
of speech, and inappropriate prosody. The author presents features that distinguish apraxia
of speech, pointing also to the underlying cause of the disorder, which has not been
recognised yet, and its possible neurobiological substrates. In the second part of the text,
the focus is on the specificity of the therapy of verbal apraxia, with particular emphasis
on the methods available in Polish speech and language therapy.


childhood apraxia of speech, verbal apraxia, oral apraxia, developmental language disorders, therapy of childhood apraxia of speech

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Rutkiewicz-Hanczewska, M. (2020). Childhood apraxia of speech. Prace Językoznawcze, 22(4), 151–167.

Małgorzata Rutkiewicz-Hanczewska 
Uniwersytet im. Adama Mickiewicza w Poznaniu


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