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Speech delays

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Signs and Symptoms of Speech delays


Parents’ descriptions of Speech delays on Sleuth fit into four topic areas:

  1. Alternate Communication

    Defined by these five signs and behaviors: Pointing instead of talking, Prefers hand gestures instead of talking, Making noises rather than using words, Not mimicking or imitating sounds, and Non-verbal (not able to use words).

  2. Difficulty Communicating

    Defined by these five signs and behaviors: Frustration with difficulty communicating, Unclear speech or communication, Incorrect pronunciation or articulation, Difficulty with self-expression or communicating needs, and Shyness.

  3. Limited Vocabulary

    Defined by these two signs and behaviors: Speaking no words at 18 months old and Limited vocabulary at 2 years old.

  4. Outburts and Mumbling

    Defined by these three signs and behaviors: Tantrums or meltdowns, Frequent crying, and Mumbling.

All Signs & Symptoms of Speech delays

Here are the top symptoms or behaviors listed by parents of kids diagnosed with Speech delays:

SymptomFrequencyNumber of mentions
Not talkingOften30 mentions
Making noises rather than using wordsOften8 mentions
Frustration with difficulty communicatingOften7 mentions
Delayed speech or language developmentOften6 mentions
Trouble forming wordsOften6 mentions
Difficulty with self-expression or communicating needsSometimes5 mentions
MumblingSometimes5 mentions
Not talking until 3 years oldSometimes5 mentions
StutteringSometimes5 mentions
Unclear speech or communicationSometimes5 mentions

When do symptoms start?

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Change in symptoms of Speech delays*

What happens to common Speech delays symptoms over time?

SymptomWorseA Little WorseStayed About the SameA Little BetterBetterCompletely Resolved
Not talking0%0%11.5%23.1%42.3%23.1%
Making noises rather than using words0%0%12.5%25%37.5%25%
Frustration with difficulty communicating0%0%0%28.6%42.9%28.6%
Delayed speech or language development0%16.7%33.3%33.3%16.7%0%
Trouble forming words0%0%0%0%83.3%16.7%
Difficulty with self-expression or communicating needs0%0%0%40%40%20%
Not talking until 3 years old0%0%0%0%60%40%
Unclear speech or communication0%0%0%20%40%40%

Conditions with similar symptoms to Speech delays

Parents also mention the behaviors, signs, and symptoms associated with Speech delays when they describe these conditions:

Discussion of Speech delays

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