Properly Diagnosing Communication Disorders In Children

Watching your child acquire various milestones is one of the most exciting parts of parenting. Likewise, one of the largest responsibilities as a parent is to monitor your child’s development and take action if there is a problem. Since communication plays such a crucial and vital role in your child’s development, the consequences of not taking action when a problem is suspected can result in a developmental delay. Understanding common communication disorders in children is the first step to proper identification.

Communication disorders include language or speech disorders. There are many causes for these disorders, such as multiple ear infections, or a neurological impairment. Hearing disorders can also contribute to communication disorders. Sometimes, there may be no known cause of the communication disorder, making it even more difficult to diagnose and treat. Whatever the cause, early detection and intervention is the key to better outcomes.

Language disorders involve impairment with expressing or understanding language. It could involve the form, content, or function of language, or a combination of any of these factors. Speech disorders involve issues with the articulation or fluency of speech, as well as impairment with the way the voice sounds, such as hoarse or raspy vocal quality.

Early detection and intervention is the key when dealing with communication disorders. If you suspect your child has a communication disorder, please contact me here.

About Kyle Meades

John Kyle Meades, CCC-SLP has practiced Speech & Language Pathology since 1993. Therapy Group of Tucson, PLLC provides private, powerful and effective speech and occupational therapy services in Tucson, AZ

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