developmental verbal dyspraxia

Developmental verbal dyspraxia (DVD) is an uncommon speech disorder in which a child has difficulty making accurate movements when speaking.

In DVD, the brain struggles to develop plans for speech movement. With this disorder, the speech muscles aren’t weak, but they don’t perform normally because the brain has difficulty directing or coordinating the movements.

To speak correctly, your child’s brain has to learn how to make plans that tell his or her speech muscles how to move the lips, jaw and tongue in ways that result in accurate sounds and words spoken with normal speed and rhythm.

DVD is often treated with speech therapy, in which children practice the correct way to say words, syllables and phrases with the help of a speech and language therapist.

Alexander refreshed training in the treatment of DVD (April 2022) with Dr Edy Strand of the Mayo Clinic. Further information from the Mayo Clinic about DVD (or the equivalent American term ‘Childhood apraxia of speech’ ) can be found here. Information from the RCSLT can be found here.