Tuesday, April 12, 2011

NutriiVeda for Childhood Apraxia of Speech: Information and Resources

What is NutriiVeda?

NutriiVeda is a powdered beverage being marketed primarily as a meal replacement shake to aid weight loss. You mix the powder into water, milk, or a smoothie. Nutriiveda has a proprietary blend of 7 Ayurvedic botanicals, 22 vitamins and minerals, high quality protein, soluble fiber, and essential amino acids. Each serving contains 153 calories, 3 grams of fiber, 20 grams of protein, 100% of many vitamins and minerals, and only 5 grams of sugar. It is available in chocolate and vanilla.

What does NutriiVeda have to do with Childhood Apraxia of Speech?

In December of 2009, parents of children with Childhood Apraxia of Speech began to try NutriiVeda with their children. Anecdotal reports began to surface of significant improvements in quantity and quality of speech production. The Cherab Foundation, a non-profit foundation trying to help families cope with their children’s communication impairments, began looking into NutriiVeda. They set up a sister site, Pursuit of Research to investigate the effect of taking NutriiVeda on children with communication impairments.

Here are a few web pages that discuss NutriiVeda and Childhood Apraxia.

NutriiVeda for Childhood Apraxia: Review of Initial Product Purchase and First Impressions


I purchased a one month supply (at 2 scoops/day) of NutriiVeda from the Pursuit of Research website. I found it to be cheaper there than on other sites where it was being sold as a weight-loss product. When I read my confirmation email I was surprised to learn that when I made my purchase I had actually signed up for a monthly automatic shipment program. That was not clear to me during the checkout process. However, the number to call and cancel was clearly listed in the confirmation email and their customer service was excellent when I called.

The product was well packaged in an attractive box and arrived promptly. The individual containers are attractive and the product appeared to be in good condition. I’m using the product with my two year old daughter who has suspected Childhood Apraxia of Speech. I found that if I mix about half to 2/3 scoop (vanilla flavor) in with 4 ounces of yogurt, my daughter will eat it with no problem. Depending on how often she eats yogurt in a day she’ll get anywhere from half a scoop of NutriiVeda a day to two scoops per day. We’ve been using the product for about a week. At only one week, I cannot claim that I see clear signs of improvement in her speech that I definitely attribute to use of the NutriiVeda product. However, we haven’t been using it very long. I will update in the future. The product has a nice side benefit of adding a nutritional boost to the diet of a very picky two year old, so in that way it is a win either way.

Two-week Update: About two weeks into using NutriiVeda (average of one scoop daily) I feel like I am seeing definite improvement. We are hearing a lot more talking. She's even attempting to sing. She is listening to her own speech and self-correcting which we had never seen her do before. Could it be coincidence? Of course. Until someone completes a double-blind scientific study we won't have hard evidence. For now all we have is parent report. I'm reporting that I feel like I'm seeing improvements that I wasn't seeing before starting to give her NutriiVeda.

Six-week Update: At about six weeks after starting to supplement Ava with NutriiVeda we are giving her about 1.5 scoops a day on average. I believe that she is speaking much more often, her sentences are longer, and she is trying to string several sentences together to tell a single story. She has also learned a new sound (/f/) and some other new sounds are starting to emerge. She is occasionally putting a consonant at the end of some of her words (the /p/ at the end of "up" for example). All of this is new. As before, there is certainly no proof that these improvements are due to the NutriiVeda and wouldn't be happening anyway, but the coincidence is interesting and I'm not complaining. We will be continuing to use NutriiVeda in our household.

Are there other supplements that might help with Childhood Apraxia of Speech?

There is some evidence that supplementation with Omega-3 fatty acids can be helpful for children with Childhood Apraxia of Speech. You can read my Information and Resources page on Omega-3 fish oil supplementation for Childhood Apraxia of Speech here.

3 comments:

  1. I've tried to use your google search bar for your site to see if you had a good experience with Nutrii Veda but it won't work for me. Maybe it's just my browser (Chrome). I'd love to hear about your experience. I didn't see it mentioned in the past few months so I'm curious if you discontinued or are still using. Anyway, feel free to email directly at maisiehoops@gmail.com if you have a free minute. I'll bookmark your site and try to visit and see if you post an update in case you do'nt get an opportunity.

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  2. Jodie - Sorry the search bar didn't work (and that it took me so long to get back to you).

    Here is the link to my final Nutriiveda update.

    http://testyyettrying.blogspot.com/2011/08/nutriiveda-four-month-and-final-update.html

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  3. We have been using NV for 20 months now and my son with a diagnosis of 'severe verbal apraxia' has made amazing progress. Is it attributed to the NV? We'll never no for certain, but his SLP and EI team say he's at the most upper end of progress they've seen a child with his diagnosis make. My son is now in mainstream kindergarten at a private school and doing very well. I had been told to prepare for him to be in special ed indefinately. So I strongly encourage parents to give NV a try! It worked wonders for us.

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