Speech problems occur when children have difficulty producing speech sounds correctly or fluently, and are sometimes diagnosed as speech disorders. Types of speech disorders include: articulation disorder; phonological disorder; dyspraxia; and stuttering. Difficulties pronouncing sounds, getting the sounds to come out correctly, or having trouble speaking smoothly are all examples of speech disorders.
Language problems occur when someone has trouble understanding others (receptive language), or has trouble sharing thoughts, ideas, and feelings completely using words (expressive language).
Speech and language problems may occur as a result of a medical problem or have no known cause.
Signs of early language and speech disorders include:
If you are concerned the best place to start is a communication assessment with a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP). SLPs can help identify speech and language problems, and provide therapy to help improve and resolve these difficulties early.
The following practitioners at CPMG can be of service in helping assess and manage speech and language problems in children and adolescents: