Childhood apraxia of speech (CAS) is a motor planning and programming disorder that affects speech coordination. A child knows what to say but they find it hard to speak as they might not be able to move their lips, tongue and oral muscles appropriately in order to say the specific word. There is no muscle weakness, as it is the brain that finds difficulty in sending the messages to the muscles in order to speak.
Ilaria holds a Bachelor Degree Honours in Speech Pathology and she is a fully registered as a Speech Pathologist in Italy. She is completing a research project partnering with The University of Sydney in Childhood Apraxia of Speech, a motor speech disorder affecting children’s ability to program and plan oral muscles in order to elicit speech sounds. She has presented work in conferences in Italy (AIDEE Conference), USA (Motor speech Conference) and Australia (Speech Pathology Australia Conference).