Center for Childhood Communication

About Speech and Language Disorders

Speech and language disorders can affect your child's ability to form sounds or words, to understand conversations and to express ideas. Types of disorders include:

Language impairments or delays

Children with language impairments or delays have trouble understanding spoken or written messages (receptive language), using words or symbols to communicate thoughts (expressive language), or using language in a socially appropriate manner (pragmatics).

Speech disorders

Children with speech disorders have difficulty producing sounds, words and phrases clearly and fluently. This can be due to immature development, a structural weakness or neurological impairment.

Common speech deficits include:

Conditions that increase risk for speech deficits include:

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