Articulation and motor planning exercises: Therapy often includes articulation exercises to help the person learn how to produce specific speech sounds correctly. Motor planning exercises aim to improve the coordination and sequencing of speech movements.
Cueing techniques: SLPs often use cueing techniques to help individuals with apraxia. These cues can include visual, tactile, or auditory prompts to assist with speech production.
Home practice: Consistent practice at home, as recommended by the SLP, is vital for progress. Parents and caregivers can play a significant role in supporting speech therapy efforts. Family members and caregivers need to be educated about the condition and know how to help the individual with apraxia.
This Is How Neurofeedback Helps Apraxia
Neurofeedback can greatly simplify the process of helping someone with any kind of apraxia because it works directly on altering and improving brain function. Apraxia originates in the brain and can be resolved there.
Neurofeedback is a method of pinpointing and improving physical and mental health and brain issues at the root cause in the brain, permanently and without medication. It is a specialized form of biofeedback therapy, where people learn to influence their body’s autonomic nervous system at a subconscious level to function more optimally which improves or alleviates symptoms of many conditions.
Neurofeedback is a non-invasive, painless, drug-free way to teach the brain better operation, including optimizing brain wave amplitudes, enhancing connectivity between different parts of the brain, and adjusting the level of activity and responsiveness of specific brain regions. The brain learns at a subconscious level to create permanent changes that last after the training.
Children with CAS often display low brain wave functionality in the areas of the brain associated with language and motor skills. We can see this on their brain map taken initially to assess brain functionality before training. Based on their unique brain map results, we develop a customized training plan to teach their brain to perform in a way that facilitates communication between brain regions and encourages the generation of the right brainwaves to accomplish the motor planning, coordination, and movement necessary for fluid speech or movement of limbs.
It’s important to note that early diagnosis and intervention are crucial in managing and improving CAS and other kinds of apraxia. Neurofeedback has been shown to improve apraxia symptoms, especially when used in conjunction with other treatment methods, like speech therapy for CAS.
At Grey Matters, we are passionate about helping people live their best lives, including optimizing their brain’s health and function through neurofeedback training. Neurofeedback has been scientifically proven to help many conditions, including anxiety, depression, autism, apraxia, ADD and ADHD, concussion and brain injuries, OCD, stroke recovery, PTSD, addictions, seizure disorders, migraines, chronic pain, IBS and leaky gut, and more. Give us a call at (317) 215-7208 or send us a message today to talk about how we can help you or a loved one reach your brain’s full potential.