Call your doctor any time you
or another caregiver has concerns about your child's speech and language
development. Be aware of
red flags that point to a possible
developmental delay, such as when your child does not
make sounds that are expected for his or her age.
Your doctor will conduct a physical exam and ask questions about your child's
medical history. This information can help your doctor identify
developmental patterns and assess whether any other conditions, such as
hearing loss, are interfering with development.
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Rule out other conditions. For example,
hearing tests done by an audiologist may be recommended to rule out hearing
Assess speech and language developmental
progress. Questionnaires and evaluations by a speech-language pathologist can
help define where your child's abilities are in relation to other children of
the same age.
Find out whether other problems, such as behavioral
difficulties or developmental delays in other areas, are also occurring.
Who to see
The following health professionals can
diagnose speech and language problems and may work with other health
professionals to treat them:
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
September 09, 2014
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