New Research for Apraxia

There is ongoing apraxia research, and new things are being discovered all the time. This is one of the latest studies about some new research for apraxia. It confirms what many of us parents have suspected all along.

Newswise.com — A landmark study conducted by Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland is the first to reveal it's new findings. Verbal apraxia has until now been understood to be a neurologically based speech disorder, although hints of other neurological soft signs have been described.

The new study, led by Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland scientist and pediatric emergency medicine physician, Claudia Morris, MD, and Marilyn C. Agin, MD, a neurodevelopmental pediatrician at Saint Vincent Medical Center in New York, however, suggests that the symptoms of verbal apraxia are, at least for a sub-group of children, part of a larger, multifactorial, neurologic syndrome.

“While it is critical to treat verbal apraxia symptoms that often include severe delays in expressive speech production with speech therapy, we need to start asking why these kids are having these problems in the first place so that we can identify mechanisms we can actually target to treat the cause of the symptoms,” says Dr. Morris.

Published in the July/August issue of Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, the new study takes a major step toward identifying the potential mechanisms that may contribute to apraxia symptoms. In the study, Dr. Morris collected information from nearly 200 families with children who suffered from verbal apraxia in order to better characterize the symptoms and metabolic anomalies of a subset of children.

Most significantly, the data indicate that the neurologic dysfunction represented in the syndrome overlaps the symptoms of a vitamin deficiency. The addition of this vitamin and additional supplementation in this cohort of children induced benefits that exceeded those expected from just speech therapy alone, according to parental report.

To find out which vitamin is key in recovering from apraxia and the exact nutritional supplements recommended, please see Chapter 13 of my eBook, "Apraxia Explained".

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