Speech and Language

Communications Disorders In Children

Dear Parents and Guardians,

My name is Joan Mullen and I am the speech pathologist at Hyman Fine.  I work with students who have speech and language delays and disorders.  Another part of my job is to provide information to parents about speech and language.  The following excerpt was provided by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association to be shared with parents.  I have made revisions to the article to make it more applicable to parents of school aged children.  

Speech and language problems can occur at any time in a child's life. They can be caused by accidental injury, illness, or inherited by birth. Child speech and language problems include:

  • Stuttering
  • Articulation problems ("wabbit" instead of "rabbit")
  • Language disorders such as the slow development of vocabulary, concepts, and grammar.
  • Voice disorders (nasal, breathy, or hoarse voice and speech that is too high or low)

Parents who suspect their child has a communication disorder should contact their child’s teacher or the speech-language pathologist.  Fortunately, most children with speech, language, and hearing problems can be helped.   Even if the problem cannot be eliminated, we can teach the child strategies to help them cope with their communication disorders, or provide them with the appropriate technology.

I hope you find this information helpful.  If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s speech and language development, please feel free to contact me at 508-223-1560, extension 102 or e-mail me at jmullen@attleboroschools.com. 

Joan Mullen, MA CCC-SLP

Speech Pathologist
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