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Neurological Speech Disorders Aphasia in Children

Aphasia refers to total or partial loss in the ability to speak properly. This includes the inability to pronounce common words appropriately and difficulty in comprehending what is being said by others. Aphasia is among the most common of childhood neurological disorders. It is usually found to occur in children who have suffered an acute attack of a disease or a brain injury. The biggest problem in diagnosing and providing care for aphasia-afflicted children is the identification of the disorder.

Aphasia Symptoms

For starters, most parents prefer not to even think about their child being affected by neurological disorders. Thus, the initial symptoms are often left unnoticed. Further, most of the aphasia symptoms are quite similar to childhood learning difficulties. As a result, parents are most likely to confuse the initial symptoms of aphasia with conditions like ADHD. Neurological disorders like aphasia develop gradually, i.e. during the initial period parents are likely to notice mild speech problems. This includes problem in choosing the right words for identifying simple objects or items of daily use or completely forgetting what to talk about, often finding oneself absolutely unable to say anything even though there is an effort to speak. This is often referred to as ‘being frozen for words’, i.e. an aphasia patient does have the stimulus or the neurological pathway that helps us to talk but is unable to process the stimulus in the correct manner.