Speech Therapy -> Execution and Speech Motor Planning

Execution and Speech Motor Planning

The ability to plan out in the brain the sounds needed to produce words, figure out what muscles need to move and in what order and then say them correctly; children with apraxia have difficulty putting sounds together to form words (e.g., they can say “uh” and “p” separately, but have difficulty planning the order and movement of muscles to say the word “up”).

Minor focus areas



Therapists who selected this major focus area as their top area of expertise.

  • Lexie Gregory

    Lexie Gregory

    Therapist CCC-SLP

    I love speech sound disorders and specialize in apraxia! I am certified in PROMPT training and re...

    • Sidekick Therapy Partners Sidekick Therapy Partners

Related Disorder(s)

  • Speech sound disorders - Speech sound disorders is an umbrella term referring to any difficulty or combination of difficulties with perception, motor production, or phonological representation of speech sounds and speech segments—including phonotactic rules governing permissible speech sound sequences in a language.
  • Motor Speech Disorders - Dysarthria can be related to neurological damage, however it can be related to many other causes. Dysarthria is a motor speech disorder above all. A dysarthria diagnoses can come from a weakened Parkinson’s patient, a anatomy damaged TBI patient, a stroke patient with cranial nerve and strength deficits, etc).
  • Childhood apraxia of speech - Childhood apraxia of speech (CAS) is a disorder that involves difficulty in making speech sounds voluntarily and stringing these sounds together in the correct order to make words. A person with childhood apraxia of speech is not intellectually impaired. Speech pathologists assess, diagnose and support people with CAS.
  • Neurological Conditions - Types of neurological conditions may include: Alzheimer’s Disease, Dementias, Brain Cancer, Epilepsy and Other Seizure Disorders, Mental Disorders, Parkinson’s and Other Movement Disorders, and Stroke and Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA).

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