Speech problems are problems with the way your child’s speech sounds. Language problems include problems with gestures, use and understanding of words, or writing.
Speech or language problems can be either a delay or a disorder.
Speech problems may involve articulation, voice, or fluency.
Language disorders include not being able to:
Many things can cause speech and language problems:
Symptoms may include:
You should not wait and see if a problem goes away. You may miss many months of helpful therapy. Even babies can be helped with speech therapy. The earlier a speech or language problem is diagnosed, the better.
Your child's healthcare provider will ask about your child's symptoms and medical history and examine your child. Your child will have hearing and vision tests. Your provider may refer your child to a speech and language specialist or a child development specialist.
If your child also has a hearing problem or other medical condition, it will be treated.
The most common treatment combines language and speech therapy to:
Many public schools have a speech therapist or tutor who works with children diagnosed with speech or language disorders.
If your child cannot speak, language therapy will focus on learning to use gestures, sign language, picture boards, or an electronic device to communicate.
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