Apraxia: when the words just won’t come - Shelley Dillon


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You Don’t Outgrow Apraxia

There’s been a big misconception that Apraxia is only in childhood; however, this isn’t the case. I would feel wrong if I contributed to this misconception and didn’t tell the truth; this is not saying you can’t make significant progress while having Apraxia. However, using the term outgrow takes away all the hard work these people have to put into Speech Therapy to gain their voice.

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 You Don’t Outgrow Apraxia

With that said, it’s time for the apraxia community to accept people of all ages with Apraxia. We need to acknowledge this isn’t just present in childhood. As a community and a tribe, we can make this space more inclusive for everybody; leaving teenagers and adults out of the picture isn’t being inclusive.

Apraxia Kids

The leading nonprofit that strengthens the support systems in the lives of children with apraxia.

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Fighting for my Voice: My Life with Verbal Apraxia

Fighting for my Voice: My life with Verbal Apraxia, is a blog that tells you about what it’s like living with Verbal Apraxia. Although it does tell you personal experiences, I also provide resources for those who also share the diagnosis. The goal is to spread awareness of this speech difference and its challenges.

SLP Mommy of Apraxia

This blog is a personal and professional compilation of my experiences with apraxia. I frequently write about my daughter’s journey, about my journey; but also about my clients and their families.

The Apraxia Foundation: Hearing All Voices

The Apraxia Foundation: Hearing All Voices is determined to spread our message of awareness, acceptance, and pride to the cause of Apraxia of Speech.


Apraxia (called "dyspraxia" if mild) is a neurological disorder characterized by loss of the ability to execute or carry out skilled movements and gestures, despite having the desire and the physical ability to perform them. Apraxia results from dysfunction of the cerebral hemispheres of the brain, especially the parietal lobe, and can arise from many diseases or damage to the brain. There are several kinds of apraxia, which may occur alone or together.


Dyspraxia is the partial loss of the ability to co-ordinate and perform skilled, purposeful movements and gestures with normal accuracy. Apraxia is the term that is used to describe the complete loss of this ability.


Apraxia (also called dyspraxia) is a disorder of learned movement in which the difficulty with movement is not caused by paralysis, weakness, or incoordination of the muscles and cannot be accounted for by sensory loss, comprehension deficits, or inattention to commands.

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