How does Fast ForWord help Verbal Dyspraxia?
Often a child with verbal dyspraxia also has difficulties with rate of processing, sequencing, working memory, auditory discrimination etc. It also often appears that the child has ‘good’ auditory comprehension. However, they seem to be ‘top-down’ language learners, with great difficulty in the ‘bottom-up’ processing – they seem to ‘get’ the gestalt of language, but do terribly on tasks that involve tones, phonemes, and very discrete auditory skills.
Fast ForWord can be very challenging for someone with verbal dyspraxia, yet wonderful results can be achieved – just improving auditory sequencing and speed of processing can lead to tremendous improvements in the ability of the child to be able to produce words of 3 syllables. Word retrieval is also improved leading to improved fluency in speech and reading.
Preschoolers identified as having verbal dyspraxia can often appear to have normal receptive language skills. As they hit Reception and KS1, receptive and auditory issues may show up – reading may also be affected – thus Fast ForWord can be very important for some children with an early diagnosis of verbal dyspraxia.
Research has shown that children with developmental verbal dyspraxia whose speech difficulties persist beyond the age of 5.6 years, are at risk of having literacy difficulties. The risk is increased if there is a family history of speech, language or specific learning difficultes.