Speech problems

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An easy-to-understand overview of the causes, signs, and treatment of difficulties in your child's ability to talk.

Key points

  • Development of speech and language milestones varies tremendously from child to child.
  • Children who are not meeting milestones or are at risk for speech and language delay should have a hearing test, be seen by their doctor and then assessed by a speech language pathologist.
  • Children with speech and language difficulties should be evaluated as early as possible. Watching and waiting is not recommended.
  • Articulation difficulties and stuttering may be normal until about 5 years of age.
  • Speech and language therapy is very helpful for children and the earlier the intervention is started the better the outcome.
Last updated: July 2nd 2013