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What increases my risk for speech impairments?

Since there are so many kinds of speech impairments, the risk factors for them range widely. For instance, being male or having a family history of the speech impairment increases your risk for stuttering. Hearing loss increases the risk of speech impairment, but early diagnosis and treatment can minimize the effect on speech. Mental retardation increases a child's risk as well. Children affected by negative environmental factors such as neglect or abuse are at higher risk for speech impairment. Drug abuse is an entirely preventable risk for speech impairment. There are many other factors that can increase your risk for speech impairments, including brain injury.

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