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Difficulty with self-expression or communicating needs

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Difficulty with self-expression or communicating needs is a common topic in parents’ descriptions of one condition: Speech delays.

For kids diagnosed with Speech delays, Difficulty with self-expression or communicating needs is one of four symptoms related to Difficulty Communicating according to Sleuth parents. All of the symptoms of Difficulty Communicating among kids with Speech delays are:

  1. Frustration with difficulty communicating
  2. Incorrect pronunciation or articulation
  3. Shyness
  4. Unclear speech or communication

Other symptoms or behaviors to look for with Difficulty with self-expression or communicating needs

When parents mention Difficulty with self-expression or communicating needs they also mention these other symptoms:

SymptomFrequencyNumber of mentions
Trouble forming wordsOften2 mentions
Angry behaviorOften1 mention
Frustration with difficulty communicatingOften1 mention
Making noises rather than using wordsOften1 mention
Trouble writing storiesOften1 mention
Unclear speech or communicationOften1 mention

Characteristics of Difficulty with self-expression or communicating needs

How common is Difficulty with self-expression or communicating needs?

Across kids of all ages represented on Sleuth, 27.13% of parents surveyed by Sleuth say their kids have Difficulty with self-expression or communicating needs.

Percentage of kids with Difficulty with self-expression or communicating needs by year of age

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This is based on a survey of 575 children on Sleuth. The plot shows the percentage of parents who rated their child’s Difficulty with self-expression or communicating needs “Moderate”, “Severe”, or “Very Severe” among kids in different age groups.

Frequency

OutcomePercent of ChildrenTotal Mentions
Continuously

8%

40 mentions
Hourly

0%

0 mentions
Daily

16%

74 mentions
Weekly

18%

88 mentions
Monthly

11%

51 mentions
Annually

3%

12 mentions
A Few / Several Times

10%

49 mentions
Once

1%

4 mentions
Never

33%

159 mentions

Severity

SeverityPercent of ChildrenTotal Mentions
Very Severe

6%

32 mentions
Severe

7%

41 mentions
Moderate

14%

83 mentions
Mild

20%

113 mentions
Not at All

53%

305 mentions

Discussion of Difficulty with self-expression or communicating needs

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