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Speech-Language Disorder Signs & Symptoms

Nyamouch & TaraThe signs and symptoms of speech and language disorders differ between type and between children and adults. Learn more about what to look for when it comes to a speech-language delay, stuttering, aphasia, apraxia, and dysarthria.


In children, parents should watch for the following signs of speech and language disorders:

  • Does not interact socially (infancy and older)
  • Does not follow or understand what you say (starting at 1 year)
  • Says only a few sounds or words or makes only a few gestures (18 months to 2 years)
  • Says words that are not easily understood (18 months to 2 years)
  • Does not combine words (starting at 2 years)
  • Struggles to say sounds or words (3 to 4 years)


In adults, signs of speech and language disorders include:

  • Struggles to say sounds or words (stuttering)
  • Repeats words or parts of words (stuttering)
  • Says words in the wrong order (expressive aphasia)
  • Struggles with using words and understanding others (global aphasia)
  • Has difficulty imitating speech sounds (apraxia)
  • Speaks at a slow rate (apraxia)
  • Produces slurred speech (dysarthria)

If you or a loved one are suffering from a speech-language disorder, help is right around the corner. Learn more about Northeast Hearing & Speech-  contact us today!

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