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What are language and speech delays in children?

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These problems are the most common type of developmental delay. They sound similar, but they’re different types of issues. Speech means the sounds that come out of a person’s mouth. Children who have a speech delay may stutter or have trouble saying words the right way. Language refers to the meanings of sounds and gestures. Kids with language problems may have trouble expressing themselves or understanding others.

SOURCES :

CDC: "Developmental Screening," “Facts About Developmental Disabilities,” "Important Milestones."

KidsHealth. “Delayed Speech or Language Development.”

Shevell, M. et al. , March 16, 2007. Neurology

Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare: "Identifying Patterns of Developmental Delays Can Help Diagnose Neurodevelopmental Disorders."

Nemours Foundation: "Delayed Speech or Language Development."

Nemours Foundation: "Your Child's Vision."

First Signs: "Red Flags."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "NINDS Pervasive Developmental Disorders Information Page."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on July 19, 2019

SOURCES :

CDC: "Developmental Screening," “Facts About Developmental Disabilities,” "Important Milestones."

KidsHealth. “Delayed Speech or Language Development.”

Shevell, M. et al. , March 16, 2007. Neurology

Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare: "Identifying Patterns of Developmental Delays Can Help Diagnose Neurodevelopmental Disorders."

Nemours Foundation: "Delayed Speech or Language Development."

Nemours Foundation: "Your Child's Vision."

First Signs: "Red Flags."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "NINDS Pervasive Developmental Disorders Information Page."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on July 19, 2019

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