Acquired Apraxia of Speech

The scope of this page is limited to acquired apraxia of speech. See childhood apraxia of speech for information about speech motor programming disorders in children.


See the Apraxia of Speech (Adults) Evidence Map for summaries of the available research on this topic.

Apraxia of speech (AOS) is a "neurologic speech disorder that reflects an impaired capacity to plan or program sensorimotor commands necessary for directing movements that result in phonetically and prosodically normal speech" (Duffy, 2013, p. 4). AOS has also been referred to in the clinical literature as verbal apraxia or dyspraxia. For the purpose of this page, AOS will refer to acquired apraxia of speech.

AOS frequently co-occurs with dysarthria and/or aphasia and sometimes with limb apraxia, oral apraxia, apraxia of gait, and apraxia of swallowing. AOS does not involve muscle weakness, paralysis, spasticity, or involuntary movements typically associated with dysarthria, or language comprehension or production deficits that characterize aphasia.

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