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What should I do if I suspect that my child has dysarthria?

If you suspect your child has dysarthria, talk to your pediatrician right away. In a young child who has not yet mastered speaking, diagnosing dysarthria is more difficult than diagnosing the condition in adults. In an infant or 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. Symptoms of dysarthria may be the result of a serious underlying condition, such as a brain tumor or cerebral palsy. Prompt treatment will ensure your child successfully develops communication skills to the best of his or her ability.

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