Vol. 12 nº 1 - Jan/Feb/Mar de 2018
Case Report Páginas: 80 a 84

Rate and rhythm control strategies for apraxia of speech in nonfluent primary progressive aphasia

Authors Bárbara Costa Beber1,2; Monalise Costa Batista Berbert2; Ruth Siqueira Grawer2,3; Maria Cristina de Almeida Freitas Cardoso2


keywords: speech and language therapy, primary progressive aphasia, rehabilitation, apraxia of speech.

The nonfluent/agrammatic variant of primary progressive aphasia is characterized by apraxia of speech and agrammatism. Apraxia of speech limits patients' communication due to slow speaking rate, sound substitutions, articulatory groping, false starts and restarts, segmentation of syllables, and increased difficulty with increasing utterance length. Speech and language therapy is known to benefit individuals with apraxia of speech due to stroke, but little is known about its effects in primary progressive aphasia. This is a case report of a 72-year-old, illiterate housewife, who was diagnosed with nonfluent primary progressive aphasia and received speech and language therapy for apraxia of speech. Rate and rhythm control strategies for apraxia of speech were trained to improve initiation of speech. We discuss the importance of these strategies to alleviate apraxia of speech in this condition and the future perspectives in the area.


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