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Should I talk to my doctor about speech impairment symptoms in my child?

Speech impairments, especially when children have them, should be discussed with your doctor. Some speech impairments are part of a child's process of learning to talk, such as stuttering, but if the impairment worsens or sets your child apart from his age group, you should talk to a doctor. Children need to receive treatment as soon as possible to avoid problems in education and social development. Any sudden change for the worse in someone's ability to speak, child or adult, should be discussed immediately with a physician, since a speech impairment can be a symptom of another problem, such as a stroke.

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