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Are children difficult to understand when compared to other children their age? They may: 

  • Substitute certain sounds for others
  • Omit, distort or add sounds
  • Sound unclear and may not be understood
  • Display weak/uncoordinated oral-motor movements 


Do children have difficulty speaking with ease? They may: 

  • Avoid talking
  • Seem tense or get “stuck” when speaking
  • Speak too quickly or slowly
  • Hesitate, prolong or repeat sounds, syllables, words or phrases
  • Make unexpected facial expressions or gestures when speaking 


Are children’s voices unexpected for their age, gender or stature? They may frequently:

  • Speak in too high or low a pitch
  • Speak too loudly or softly
  • Sound as if they always have a cold
  • Sound hypernasal (excessively nasal) 
  • Have a hoarse or harsh voice 
  • Run out of air when speaking 
  • Lose their voices 


Do children show signs of a language disorder? They may have: 

  • Unexpected social communication skills 
  • Difficulty following directions 
  • Trouble expressing their ideas when speaking or in writing  
  • The ability to comfortably speak at home, yet seem to be unable to speak in school 

The Speech-Language team also treats/supports the following 'cognitive areas':

  • Attention
  • Memory
  • Problem Solving
  • Executive Functioning