Frequency of Therapy with Childhood Apraxia and Dysarthria

By Pam Marshalla

Q: How often should a young child (2-4 years of age) with apraxia or dysarthria receive speech-language therapy services?

I have a baseline that all my clients with motor speech disorders have to meet. They must attend once per week for one hour at a minimum. Twice per week is very nice. Three times per week is a complete luxury. More than that is unnecessary because these children do not change very fast.

Children with motor speech disorders take a long time to change. I have found that “more therapy right now” is not the answer. “Good therapy over the long haul” is a much better solution. Please keep in mind that this is only my clinical opinion.

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