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San Diego Professor Discusses Warning Signs For Communication Difficulties In Children

Evening Edition

Aired 12/4/13 on KPBS Midday Edition.

GUEST:

Sonja Pruitt-Lord, certified speech language pathologist, Assoc. Professor, School of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at SDSU.

Transcript

If a child is suffering from a speech, language or hearing difficulty, he or she can become withdrawn. This can adversely affect a child both socially and academically.

By the first grade, roughly 5 percent of children have noticeable speech disorders, according to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

The association conducted a poll and found that the lack of awareness among parents is one of the leading barriers to early detection. In response, it has launched a national campaign, Identify the Signs, to educate parents, caregivers and teachers about recognizing the symptoms of a communication disorder.

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