How do I get my child tested for Childhood Apraxia of Speech?
There are several tests used to diagnose CAS. However, there is no universal criteria list used to diagnose the disorder like there are with other disorders, such as autism. Also, there is nothing in the brain or body that doctors can see. This contributes to over-diagnosis of the speech disorder.
The best way to find out if your child has CAS is to have him evaluated by a speech-language pathologist who specializes in working with children who have the disorder. But keep in mind that not every speech-language pathologist does—they all have different knowledge and experience. Make sure you ask about the pathologist's experience with CAS before you bring your child in.
And you also need to be aware that many professionals are quick to diagnose a child who is not speaking with CAS. While quality therapy is extremely important, don't push for an early diagnosis that may be incorrect. Some kids are just late talkers. And a little therapy will do the trick to get them on their way to talking your ears off. I can't count the amount of times I have heard parents tell me that they look back at those quiet days and say, "Be careful what you wish for."
The bottom line is that if your child is just having difficulty with a few sounds or is sometimes difficult to understand, he may benefit from some speech and language therapy, but he does not have Childhood Apraxia of Speech.