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Speech Therapy for Apraxia - NACD Home Speech Therapist

Published September 25, 2013 9:56 AM by Jeremy Legaspi
This app offers a great starting point for a child with childhood apraxia of speech (CAS). It offers  a variety of levels of CV sequences  and is organized by the approximate developmental sequence of consonants.  When working with children with CAS any approach should incorporate the principles of motor learning, if you are unfamiliar with the principles of motor learning please visit . There are lots of opportunities to focus on motor learning especially the at the pre-practice through practice stages including random and blocked practice depending on which stage you choose. The stages are set up as follows:

Level 1-This level presents one syllable at a time to learn what each illustration is (receptive) and how to produce it (expressive). Start at this level each time a new consonant group is selected. This level can also be used when using the app to teach new phonemes.

Levels 2-8 should only be used if a user can produce the single syllables in Level 1.

Level 2-This requires the production of three repetitions of one syllable. Production of the third repetition should be just as clear as the first.

Level 3-This level requires the production of five clear repetitions of the same syllable.

Level 4-In this level the user produces four repetitions of the same syllable then must change to a different syllable at the end, containing the same initial sound, but a different vowel. Making these subtle changes in articulation is an important aspect of motor planning for speech.

Level 5-This level contains two syllables that alternate back and forth in the sequence.

Level 6-The syllables in this sequence start with the same consonant sound, differ in the vowel, and have a random arrangement within the sequence.

Level 7-This is a random arrangement of syllables with varied consonant and vowel sound, but all consonants are from the chosen consonant group.

Level 8-This is a random combination of any of the syllables that have been worked on through Level 7. There may be syllables that represent different consonant groups within the same sequence; therefore the user must have worked through Level 7 for at least two consonant groups before moving on to Level 8.



Data tracking was a recent update that is offered via in app purchase for $4.99, which allows you to track multiple clients as well as share data via email with parents. 

As I mentioned earlier this app offers a great starting point for child who is only making CV combinations which for most children with CAS is where you would most likely start. However children might quickly outgrow the app which is where their Apraxia Words app would come. Apraxia Words offers the next set of word shapes to target.  Ideally, I would like to see them combine both apps to make one that works from the CV stage on up.

Speech Therapy for Apraxia - NACD Home Speech Therapist $4.99  for iPad

The developer has provided me with 5 codes to give away.  Want a copy? Please comment below for a chance to win!

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posted by Jeremy Legaspi


I work with early intervention. Would love to try this.

Joan Schwartz March 16, 2014 6:03 PM
Stamford CT

I came across your blog and felt compelled to comment.  I have used this app many times for my clients with apraxia.  It is a wonderful tool.  I enjoy incorporating this tool alongside the Nancy Kaufman Praxis Kit and the use of Links to Language by Pamela Payne, MA,CCC-SLP.  When combining the use of these three tools, my client has experienced a much easier time generalizing to play activities.

Esther Giordano, SLP - SLP, Private March 11, 2014 11:03 AM
North Arlington NJ

nice post....

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James Dart December 5, 2013 11:34 AM

Thank you so much for the valuable information you provided. The children and families I work with are deeply affected by both Autism and Apraxia. I incorporate PROMPT and iPad apps into my intervention sessions which I have found significantly leads to positive outcome as the apps target the goals and objectives, increase the children's motivation and promotes active participation in therapy. Please include me in the raffle and would love to have a copy of the app as I am sure it will have a great impact on the lives of my children and their families. Thank you!

Lina Slim-Topdjian, Speech-Language Pathology - Founder/Executive Director, ASAP A Step Ahead Program, LLC November 27, 2013 7:20 AM
Millington NJ

I would love to try this app with my preschool students who are dyspraxic. Thanks for the 'apportunity' to win!

Dahlia Kalvinek, Speech Language Pathologist November 25, 2013 4:00 PM
Providence RI

I would love to use this app. Apraxia has always been one of my two top interests in Speech Language Pathology. In the past two years I have had two students who are apraxic and have made some great gains with them but I am always looking for new approaches to add to my bag of tricks. I have always found these students are extremely hard workers and a joy to work with.

Joan, Communication Disorders - Speech Language Pathologist, School Pre-k-6th November 22, 2013 11:40 AM
Immokalee FL

I was just looking for something like this for a child who I think may be apraxic.  Thanks for the opportunity to win!

Jenny, Speech Language Pathology - Early Interventionist, schools November 21, 2013 1:40 PM
Waterford MI

This is perfect for my job in early intervention - families ask me all the time about apps for toddlers.  Thank you for the chance to win a free copy!  

Shelley October 29, 2013 7:15 AM

I thoroughly enjoy using my iPad2 as a supplement to therapy.  This app would be extremely useful since over 50% of the caseload has articulation issues which, for some reason, are some of the most complicated cases I've worked with.

Tracy Sippl, Communicative Disorders - Speech/Language Pathologist, School setting October 28, 2013 11:51 AM
Seymour WI

I would love to try this app! I think it would benefit not only my apraxia students, but also the ones with severe phonological disorders or even just the little ones who need practice at the early developmental sound/syllable level. This would be a great time saver with the data collection feature.

Rhonda October 10, 2013 4:17 PM
Burtrum MN

I have relocated to Saudi Arabia & would love to get this app for my children at special need school.

How do I access this>

Please advise

Thank you

Dr. Monica Fay

monica fay, developmental delay / disorder/ autism - highly specialist speech & language therapist, school October 4, 2013 3:59 AM

I have several children who would benefit from an app with sequential steps, drills, rewards and fun.

Denise, SLP - SLP, Private September 28, 2013 7:34 PM
Kennewick WA

I work in 8 schools in two cities, 1 town and two villages mostly in RURAL southeastern New Brunswick in Canada...I .always have a couple on my caseload with CAS...Would love love love to try this app with a brand new student that moved into our school district.  I think he would find it motivating!!  I like the organization as described...very systematic and that's what is needed with CAS!!!  (I hope I get lucky!!

Rhonda, , SLP 8 schools September 27, 2013 3:53 PM
2 cities, 1 town, 2 villages

I have several students with Apraxia and would love to use this app with them!

Meryl September 26, 2013 7:42 PM

I am a Canadian SLP working in private practice. I would love to try this app with my apraxic clients.

Kim French September 26, 2013 6:02 PM

Include me please in your raffle! We have a variety of clients in our clinic who could benefit from this App

Betsy Schreiber, Speech Lang - Clinical Superv, LIU September 26, 2013 11:28 AM
Brookville NY

I would love to use this app with my clients

Laura Simeone, Speech - Speech Pathologist, Home Based September 26, 2013 9:08 AM
Las Vegas NV

My six year old has severe apraxia and learns great on iPad.

Shannon September 26, 2013 12:46 AM
Cypress TX

My daughter is 8, still with severe apraxia.

Susan September 25, 2013 12:53 PM
Alpharetta GA

I would love this for my 3 yr old w/ CAS thank you

Jenifer September 25, 2013 12:53 PM
Midland GA

I would live this for my son with apraxia.  He is 3 1/2 and loves to practice with the iPad!

Bridget Collins September 25, 2013 11:38 AM

I would love to try this with my son!!

Jillian Orser September 25, 2013 11:36 AM
Canon City CO

I would love to introduce this app to my daughter, who has a 40 word vocabulary at two years.  She could really benefit from the practice this app could provide!

Jennifer September 25, 2013 11:31 AM

This app looks great!  Would love to use it with my 4 year old son w/CAS.

Nicole Kelley September 25, 2013 11:15 AM
canton OH

I'd love a code for this app for my son. He has Apraxia and is 3 years old.

Danielle Grubb September 25, 2013 11:14 AM

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