Speech motor planning is the ability to come up with an idea, plan how to say or express that idea and then finally say it.

Speech motor planning is the ability to come up with an idea, plan how to say or express that idea and then finally say it. Muscle tone refers to the muscles and strength needed to move the jaw, tongue and other muscles needed to speak. When there is an impairment in the planning and programing of speech, it is called Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS). When there in an impairment in the execution of speech, it is called Dysarthria. Children with motor speech disorders such as Childhood Apraxia of Speech or Dysarthria do not benefit from traditional speech and language techniques. Your Speech Path, LLC offers specialized, motor-speech therapy based on the principles of motor learning.

​The Principles of Motor Learning (PML) are  “A set of processes associated with practice or experience leading to relatively permanent changes in the capability for movement” (Schmidt & Lee, 2011) These processes lead to retention and generalization of motor speech skills. PMLs are based on

  • Practice amounts
  • Practice distribution (mass vs. distributed)
  • Practice variability (constant vs. variable)
  • Practice Schedule (blocked vs. random)
  • Practice support and feedback (frequency, timing, type)

Dynamic Temporal and Tactile Cueing (DTTC)

DTTC is a treatment method designed specifically for children with moderate to severe CAS created by Dr. Edythe Strand, Ph.D.,CCC-SLP. DTTC is a motor-based approach, meaning it is designed to improve the brain’s ability to plan and program motor movements for speech. In DTTC, the goal targets (words, phrases) are individualized based on the child’s most empowering, motivating words an their phonetic repertoire. The clinician typically provides less support as the child acquires motor skills. DTTC has proven to be the most researched and evidence-based treatment modality for children with moderate to severe CAS.

“The smile I see on my daughter’s face during our speech session is priceless.”

“I think my child has CAS. Who can diagnose?” 

You came to the right place! YES, we provide thorough speech and language testing to confidently rule out or diagnose CAS.