There are different types of treatment for patients with pituitary tumors.
Different types of treatments are available for patients with pituitary tumors. Some treatments are standard (the currently used treatment), and some are being tested in clinical trials. A treatment clinical trial is a research study meant to help improve current treatments or obtain information on new treatments for patients with cancer. When clinical trials show that a new treatment is better than the standard treatment,...
A history of your child's development. This
includes identifying when developmental milestones were reached and if overall
physical and thinking (cognitive) skills are normal for your child's age.
Hearing tests. Hearing problems can affect how well a child
pronounces words and uses language to communicate.
language tests. These are useful in helping a speech-language pathologist
identify and assess the severity of irregular speech patterns. A child's speech
is evaluated while he or she reads a prepared sample or engages in
conversation. A child may also be videotaped talking in different settings.
This process helps your doctor determine whether
irregular speech is a type of
normal disfluency, which usually resolves on its own,
or a form of developmental stuttering, which requires treatment. In many cases,
the child will be referred to a speech-language pathologist to fully assess the
Speech problems that are not normal for your
child's age may be diagnosed as developmental stuttering. General indications
of developmental stuttering include:
Having three or more speech-related problems
(such as trouble starting words; repeating parts of words, sounds, or
syllables; prolonging parts of a word; or visibly attempting to speak but
producing no sound).
Avoiding or escaping certain words or sounds.
This may include pauses or interjections such as "uh" and "um."
Appearing tense and uncomfortable when speaking. This may include
grimacing, eye-blinking, head-nodding, and other nervous mannerisms.
Stuttering in adulthood
If you begin to stutter
for the first time as an adult, visit your health professional. Be ready to
answer questions about your general health and whether you have recently been
injured. Your health professional will try to determine whether brain injury is
present, such as from an accident or a stroke. If there is a possible
relationship, you may be referred to a
You may also be referred to
psychiatrist if recent emotional trauma or other
mental health problems may be affecting your speech.