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Does dysarthria affect children differently than adults?

Dysarthria is a speech impediment that has similar effects in both children and adults. In both cases, a failure to properly control the muscles needed for speech results in slurred or distorted language, which can be difficult to understand. In both children and adults, it may cause issues with controlling the volume, intonation, and rate of speech. For a young child who has not yet mastered speaking, diagnosing dysarthria is more difficult than diagnosing the condition in adults. In a young child, common symptoms may include early sucking, chewing and swallowing problems; a tendency to gag or choke frequently; and difficulty eating age-appropriate, solid foods.

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