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Speech problems

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Last reviewed: May 2018

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

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Childhood apraxia of speech - Better Health Channel

Childhood apraxia of speech affects a person?s ability to organise the muscles used in speech.

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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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Larynx - Better Health Channel

Prolonged exposure to air pollutants, such as dust, can irritate the larynx and cause chronic laryngitis.

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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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