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Working with people with speech impairment

There are a variety of causes for speech disorders, but often the cause is unknown. Stroke and traumatic brain injury are common causes of communication disorders in adults. Some of the more common causes in childhood are hearing loss, autism, cerebral palsy, neurological disorders, brain injury and intellectual disability. Physical problems like cleft palate or lip (where the lip is split) or other physical deformities or injuries can also result in speech disorder

A person with a speech disorder  has trouble in producing speech.  This may mean they may have trouble making the sounds necessary for speech or they may be capable of making all of the sounds, but their speech is still not easily understood.

Strategies for communicating with people with speech disorders

Sometimes it can take a while to “get your ear in” and attune yourself to the speaker’s speech.

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