Speech-language pathologists (SLP) work to prevent, evaluate, diagnose and treat speech, language, social communication, cognitive communication, and swallowing disorders in children and adults. Sometimes there is confusion as to whether CAS is a medical diagnosis. It's a label for a speech diagnosis. There may be concurrent medical problems, but the speech problem does not require diagnosis from a general practitioner or doctor.
School speech and language professionals may be discouraged from making a CAS diagnosis because they are expected to use federal disability categories, which include speech and language disability, but not specifically apraxia. A speech-language pathologist has many responsibilities. They typically assess a person's ability to communicate or swallow, diagnose underlying problems, develop a personal treatment plan, provide therapy, and keep records to track the person's progress. Every treatment they offer is called therapy.
Even before they are diagnosed with autism, speech-language pathologists can start working with children who have related difficulties. Because apraxia of speech in children is a communication disorder, the professional most qualified to perform the evaluation, evaluation, and diagnosis is a licensed speech-language pathologist (SLP). Once the SLP has collected enough information, it will try to determine if the child's speech and language are developing normally or not. After graduation, a one-year clinical fellowship (or medical training period) is required, with a minimum of 1260 hours of work under the supervision of a certified SLP.
The pathologist will take a very detailed history of the child's developmental history and write down any known medical problems or other problems. SLPs provide therapy to people with hearing loss, children with developmental delays, and people with communication and swallowing problems.