Babies from bilingual homes switch attention faster
Author Name: Annie Froster
Category Name: Health Care
One in 1000 children has apraxia, but understating the origins of this debilitating speech disorder has until now remained elusive.
A team of researchers, led by MCRI speech pathologist Prof Angela Morgan, has identified anomalies in a key speech pathway of the brain connected to speech.
Prof Morgan said a better understanding could help neuroscientists and speech pathologists look to developing more targeted treatments for children.
The research paper, 'Dorsal language stream anomalies in an inherited speech disorder' is published in the latest issue of the international journal, Brain.
Prof Morgan, who is also Professor of Speech Pathology at the University of Melbourne, said children with apraxia fail to learn to speak clearly and combine sounds properly, the timing and sequencing of their words is also affected.
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Journal of Speech Pathology and Therapy