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Speech problems

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Speech problems in children

Speech problems are common in young children but some speech troubles can indicate a speech or development delay. Find out when to seek further advice.

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Kids' Health - Topics - Speech problems

Talking is something most of us take for granted. We think something in our brains then the brain sends a message to the muscles that control speech. Then the muscles in the mouth, face, tongue and throat work together to form the words.

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Language and speech

If your child has a stutter or having other speech problems, this may indicate a sign of a speech disorder. Early detection and treatment is important.

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Stuttering causes and treatment | Raising Children Network

Stuttering in children is a common speech problem. Read key information about stuttering.

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Children who stutter should see a speech pathologist, preferably before they start school.

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Brain Foundation | Friedreichs Ataxia

Friedreich's ataxia is a genetic disorder that causes progressive damage to the nervous system resulting in symptoms ranging from muscle weakness and speech problems to heart disease.

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Parenting and Child Health - Health Topics - Stuttering

Stuttering is a problem with the rhythm of speech (fluency) where the person knows exactly what he or she wants to say, but is unable to say it because of involuntary (they cannot control it) repeating of sounds or stopping of sounds. It is fairly common; about 5% of all children stutter at some time in their life and stuttering will last into adult life in about 1% of people. It happens less often as people get older but it can continue into adult life. There are about 3 times more boys and men who stutter than girls and women.

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Get Set 4 Life - Habits for Healthy Kids Guide

The Get Set 4 Life Habits for Healthy Kids Guide provides practical information on childrens health and covers techniques and tips for teaching children healthy habits that could last a lifetime. Key areas of health and age appropriate development covered in the booklet include: healthy eating, regular exercise, speech and language, oral health and more.

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Stuttering in children

Stuttering is a speech disorder that usually starts between the ages of two and five years. Learn more about symptoms, causes, treatment and when to seek help.

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Angelman syndrome

Angelman syndrome is a genetic condition that is present at birth (congenital). It causes intellectual disability and other features. Other characteristics of Angelman syndrome include distinctive facial features, mental retardation, speech problems and hyperactive behaviour. In most cases, the cause is a missing section (deletion) on the mother’s copy of chromosome 15.

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