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Can child abuse cause speech impairments?

Child abuse can indeed cause some kinds of speech impairments. It has been shown that stuttering, slurred speech, selective mutism (not talking at all in some situations), and baby talk can all be caused by emotional abuse. Abusive environments make the speech impairments even worse because the necessary patience and support for a child with a speech impairment is absent, which causes stress, frustration, and fear for a child.

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