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Apraxia of speech affects an individuals ability to translate and coordinate speech plans from the brain or motor plans to the mouth, which results in limited and difficult speech ability. Apraxia is characterized by an impairment of motor speech programming, and a lack of coordination with the speech muscles. Apraxia affects volitional (willful or purposeful) movement patterns. It also often exists with other deficits like: Down Syndrome, Autism, Sensory Processing Deficits, Cerebral Palsy, and others.