If someone is suffering from Apraxia, they already know what words they want to say, but at times their brains may have difficulty coordinating the muscle movements necessary to say all the sounds in the words they want to use.
As a result, they may say something completely different or make up words (e.g., “micken” or “chicken” for “kitchen”).
The person may recognize the error and try to attempt to say the word again—sometimes they may even get the word right, but sometimes saying something else entirely. This situation may become quite frustrating for the person, to say the least.
Individuals with apraxia may show these signs or symptoms:
-difficulty imitating and producing speech sounds, marked by speech errors such as sound distortions, substitutions, and/or omissions
-inconsistent speech errors
-groping of the tongue and lips to make specific sounds and words
-slow speech rate
-impaired rhythm and prosody (intonation) of speech
-better automatic speech (e.g., greetings) than purposeful speech
-inability to produce any sound at all in severe cases