How should I prepare for an appointment to diagnose speech impairment?

A good way to prepare for an appointment about speech impairment is to review or even write down your or your child's medical history before you go. The doctor will want to know about symptoms, including when and how quickly they developed. For children, write down their speech history, such as their ages at their first words, sentences, and symptoms of speech impairment. Write down the specific speech or comprehension problems you or your child is having. Other information that may be useful includes past injuries, surgeries, medications, drug use, alcohol use, and any other symptoms you or your child has. Be sure to write down any questions you may have so you don't forget them during the appointment.

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