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Why Does My Child Have Speech Delay?

Posted in Chilhood Health, Speech Delay on Jan 16, 2017

Speech Delay and Upper Cervical Chiropractic Los Angeles

Nearly 1 in 12 (7.7 percent) U.S. children ages 3-17 have had a disorder related to voice, speech, language, or swallowing in the past 12 months.(1) Speech delay is classified as a neurological delay syndrome.  As with all conditions, there is a spectrum of severity that envelopes the condition.  

Boys on average start to develop speech later than girls.  most children begin to form words around 15 months and by 18 months most can say about 50 words.

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  • Speech delay can be associated with a host of other sensory processing disorders, autism spectrum and ADD.  In this article we would like to discuss the clinical features of speech delay then we will discuss a little known procedure that affects the central nervous system and is helping kids regain their speech naturally.

Causes of Speech Delay:

There are many reasons that children can have speech delays.  Children that have suffered neglect or abuse often times have speech problems.  Children that suffer from chronic ear infections are also susceptible. When a child has fluid in the inner ear that cannot escape, their speech is delayed because they are unable to hear clearly. 

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Because children have Eustachian tubes that are anatomically more horizontal than adults they are more difficult to drain. This anatomical consideration makes them more susceptible to chronic ear infections and speech delay.

Autism Spectrum disorders are also a major cause of speech delay, especially in the last 15 years with the dramatic rise in incidence.  Another less known cause is central nervous system interference at the upper neck region, termed vertebral subluxation.  Childbirth can be especially traumatic on a young babies neck causing neurological complications (2,3)