When a toddler first begins to speak and
stutters or lisps, it appears to be cute. But if the stuttering continues till
teenage, it is a cause of concern as it is a mark of speech
disorder. It is no longer an endearing attribute and every effort must be
made to alleviate it.
Given Below are a Few Common Symptoms that Indicate Speech
Disorder in Teenagers.
This is actually a hindrance in an attempt
to speak fluently. How do you easily understand whether the problem is called
You will find your child repeating the first part of a word say, ‘milk’ like
this “mi-mi-milk”. She will keep on holding on a single sound for a long
stretch and utter the word for e.g. ‘water’ as “waaaaater”. Stuttering can also
be understood when you find your teenager
is finding it hard to get sounds together. It is a complex problem where speech
gets badly distorted.
This is a mark of speech disorder where
it is extremely difficult to understand anything that the child is trying to
say. The condition is similar to stuttering as the flow and fluency of the
speech gets badly affected. But the difference lies in the fact that stuttering
is more of a speech disorder while cluttering
is a mark of language disorder.
If your teenager is stuttering it means
that he is not sure of what he actually wants to say. While if he clutters, it
indicates that he actually knows what he is thinking and wants to say but while
getting them out, it comes out in a disorganized form. This is why, he ends up
speaking in bursts and pauses all of a sudden in the middle of the sentence. A
cluttered speech sounds jerky and more often than not, you will notice that
your teenager is not really aware of the problem.
This includes a wide array of mistakes
that you will notice your teenager while he is speaking. He ends up
unconsciously substituting certain letters in a word, for e.g., he says
‘wabbit’ while meaning ‘rabbit’. He also omits letters like saying ‘cool’ while
meaning ‘school’. He also adds up sounds or a few letters to words, like
‘piniano’ while meaning ‘piano’. These are all articulation mistakes and it
needs to be understood that lisping is not the same. Your teenager is lisping
if he is replacing sounds of specific alphabets like‘s’ and ‘z’ with ‘th’.
Apraxia or Dyspraxia
This is an oral motor speech problem
where the fault lies with the motor coordination system. You will notice that
your teenager is finding it very difficult to move his muscles and associated
structures around his mouth while converting sounds into words. This requires
What are the Common Causes of These Problems?
As a growing up individual, your
teenager is ought to have the ability to coordinate the timing of his speech
precisely along with his nerves and muscle control. When this coordination of
the different muscles of our body parts that are involved while speaking and
the related system like the larynx the controller of our vocal cords, the lip,
tongue, mouth and even the teeth fails, it traps in the respiratory system as
well and gives rises to this speech disorder.
This inability to coordinate that is
understand language and express it in words may be caused by a brain damage
that ensues from a possible accident, stroke and mostly it is found to have it
roots in a certain birth defect. Apraxia is a sure manifestation of brain
impairment and can be ascertained through MRI test.
Referring to birth defect, the problem
may lie with a cleft palate or a problematic structure in the teeth or jaws.
Speech disorder is also caused by any problem in the oral and nasal passage.
Apart from all these stuttering is noted
to be a genetic problem as well. It is indeed a serious concern if it runs in