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Possible signs and symptoms of a speech-language disorder

  • Uses only a few words and/or gestures to communicate
  • Cannot put words together to make complete sentences
  • Has difficulty interacting with other children
  • Speech intelligibility is unclear, even to familiar listeners
  • Exhibits difficulty following directions or comprehending spoken language
  • Has trouble with early reading and writing skills
  • Repeats first sounds in words (i.e., “b-b-b-baby”) or stretches out sounds (i.e., sssss-sun)
  • Uses a hoarse, breathy, or nasal sounding voice
  • Chokes or coughs when consuming certain textures and liquids
  • Changes in communication skills after a stroke or traumatic brain injury