Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Are Odd Wrist Movements, Hand-Flapping, Eye Fixation on Hands Part of Speech Apraxia And What Does It Mean?

Response from Sharon Gretz, M.Ed., Founder & Executive Director of CASANA:
"No, I would not consider these behaviors to be "part of" childhood apraxia of speech. They would be more common as behaviors in children diagnosed on the autism spectrum or with significant cognitive disabilites or sensory disabilities. However, there are children without autism or severe cognitive delay who exhibit what are called motor stereotypies or complex motor stereotypies. In a nutshell, the motor stereotypies usually involve hand or wrist movements that are easily stopped when the child is cued or distracted to a new task. I am not a medical doctor so you would need to investigate this with a professional such as a developmental pediatrician. Here is a good article on the complex motor stereotypies:
http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_hb4345/is_10_34/ai_n29321368/ "

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