Apraxia of Speech

If your child is having difficulty saying sounds, imitating words, groping to say words, and has inconsistent sound errors, they may be symptomatic for Apraxia.

What is Apraxia of Speech?

Apraxia of Speech is a motor speech disorder that affects the planning and production of oral movements. It can also be identified by difficulties in controlling the lips, tongue, jaw, or larynx.

If you notice these symptoms, we are here to make talking easier as your child develops new skills.

How a Speech-Language Pathologist Can Help with Apraxia of Speech?


Our speech-language pathologists are trained to identify suspected apraxia of speech by evaluating oral-motor skills, building speech patterns, and developing stronger expressive language.


Our speech pathologists provide current evidence-based therapy methods. We will create a treatment program tailor-made for your child’s needs. Treatment may include oral-motor protocols to improve stamina, strength and awareness. Strategies also include starting with basic building blocks that grow from a single syllable to talking in sentences. 


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If you have questions about speech-language symptoms, please contact us today to speak directly with a speech-language pathologist for guidance.

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Newborns with congenital problems may have communication-related needs from birth, and a speech-language pathologist (SLP) is part of a neonatal multidisciplinary team. We often work with infants and toddlers at an early age (12-24 months) in areas such as swallowing and feeding, hearing and listening, oral-motor and speech, and attention and socialization.

You don’t necessarily know for sure. A speech-language pathologist can help you answer this question. Some indicators that might lead you to seek a consultation or screening are:
  • The child’s skills are immature compared to others in his playgroup or preschool.
  • Family members or friends alert you to differences that they observe.
  • The child’s developmental pattern is unusual compared to others his age.
  • There is a family history of speech, language, or learning problems.
  • There have been health issues, such as ear infections, which can impact communication.
A fully qualified speech-language pathologist must have a master’s degree from an accredited program, maintain a California speech pathology license, and hold a certificate of clinical competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Many of our staff also have experience and advanced training in specialty areas.

Peninsula Associates has several talented clinicians with different specializations. Our director of operations will identify which speech-language pathologist is available and appropriate for a new client. Most clients are seen 2-4 weeks after the paperwork has been completed. There is sometimes a waiting period if a new children’s group is being formed, but we may see the new child individually in the interim.

PASTS, Inc. offers both private-pay and fee-for-service practice and we are an in-network provider for a growing number of insurance carriers. We also have close relationships with Sutter Health, Lucille Packard, and Palo Alto Medical Foundation pediatricians, specialists, and clinicians. We can often obtain single-case agreements with other Insurance to access speech therapy benefits for your particular health insurance plan. Please contact our office to see how we can help you access your insurance benefits.