Speech Problem

Speech problems are disorders that affect the way a person creates different voices to form words. Stammering or shuttering is the most common type of speech problem. The other types include apraxia, which is caused due to brain damage, and dysarthria is when the weakness of muscles in the mouth and face cause speech problems.

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How to improve speech and articulation skills?

Query: Hi doctor, My voice is very low. I am not able to scold or intimidate anyone. When my friends abuse me, I am not able to reply them. They take advantage of me. They never heed my words. Sometimes, I feel much worried about it. I also hesitate and vibrate while talking. People keep me down with their...  Read Full »


Dr. Anuja Rajendra Sonawane

Audiologist, Speech Therapist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. As reported by you, the possibility of you have stuttering is very high. If you are scared of people do activities, which would decrease your confidence, then make sure that you stay in a positive environment. Practice in front of a mirror. Try to do activities that wo...  Read Full »

Why do I often stop and thing during a conversation?

Query: Hi doctor, I have some speech problem. I miss the word while talking and I am not conveying it properly. I have to stop and think for a while to continue the conversation. This happens many times a day. My current medication is tablet Vilazine 40. Please help me.  Read Full »


Dr. Anshul Varshney

Criticalcare Physician, Diabetologist, General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician, Medical Gastroenterologist, Nephrologist, Pulmonologist, Rheumatologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. If this problem is there from your childhood, then this is a part of your stammering. If you have developed this problem later in life, then you would need to get an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) of the brain. Also, check your thyroid profile and vitamin B12 levels. T...  Read Full »

Why does my 3 years and 9 months old son not answer a few of our questions?

Query: My son is 3 and 9 months old. We are not in our home town. At the place where we live they speak a different language. So as to connect him with a common language we speak in English. Initially he struggled but now he is able to understand English very well. He even speak in English very well. To fe...  Read Full »


Dr. Suresh Kumar G D

Child Health Specialist, Paediatrician, Psychiatrist

Answer: Hello Welcome to icliniq - I can see from your query that you had some minor concerns about your son's speech & language and social communication development - You son appears to be doing lots of things expected at this age which is positive. You also report that he has improved in his s...  Read Full »

What could I do to help my 3-year-old son to increase his vocabulary?

Query: Hello doctor, My oldest son is 3 years old. He understands everything you say to him, but he refuses to talk. He used to say a variety of words and now he only does animal noises and a handful of words. I would like to know what I could do in order to encourage his vocabulary or if I should be worri...  Read Full »


Dr. Satyabrata Panigrahi

Audiologist, Speech Therapist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. It seems like a regression of speech is there with normal receptive skills and affected expressive skills. Rather than finding the cause now focus on how to improve the condition. Apps are good but not in the initial stage. Start with some interesting real-life activit...  Read Full »

How is speech problem treated?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 45 years old. Normally my speech is good, but when I am doing a television show, serials or in films my speech is blocked. I cannot throw proper dialogs as per the script. My ear gets clogged due to some breathing problems. I am feeling panic to see that many more people watch me an...  Read Full »


Dr. Anuja Rajendra Sonawane

Audiologist, Speech Therapist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. From your description, it seems that you have speech problem due to anxiety. It is good that you do not face this problem in personal conversation. But, as an artist it is essential for you to perform in front of others. You should practice your dialogues in front of p...  Read Full »

My 2-year-old has moderate receptive delay and mild expressive delay. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, My 2-year-old was diagnosed with a moderate receptive delay and a mild expressive delay. When he was around sixteen months, he could say thank you, stop, mama, daddy, and even his sister's name. At about nineteen months he was diagnosed with an ear infection. The infection was treated...  Read Full »


Dr. Suresh Kumar G D

Child Health Specialist, Paediatrician, Psychiatrist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It is possible that ear infection or glue ear hampered your child's hearing which in turn could have impaired his normal speech and language development. With support, he will be able to catch up if everything else is normal. It is advisable to continue with speech a...  Read Full »

My 19-year-old sister do not react with some knowledge or speak. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a sister who is 19-years-old, fully grown physically and healthy, but she has no knowledge. She cannot talk, she does not have any idea, her brain is the same as that of a newborn baby. Do we have any treatment regarding this, please help with some suggestions.  Read Full »


Dr. Riazahmed Syed

Neurologist, Child Health Specialist

Answer: Hello doctor, Your sister has developmental delay and predominant speech delay the cause of which could not be identifiable unless we go deep into history. How was her birth? Was she born under normal delivery? Her birth weight, how long she was in the hospital at the time of birth? Is she able to ...  Read Full »

Why is there speech difficulty in 6 years old baby?

Query: Hello doctor, My daughter is 6 years old having trouble in speech. While taking she cannot clearly pronounce word R and L. She always speaks L instead of R.  Read Full »


Dr. Vedprakash Verma

General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician, General Practitioner, Family Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. This means her neurological development is normal, memory and intelligence intact. This kind of giggling or word pronunciation is common up to 8 to 10 years, with age it will improve. Then no need to worry, just she needs speech therapy. I will tell you tomorrow what y...  Read Full »

Can speech and vocal issues be linked to early-onset hearing problems?

Query: Hello doctor, I would like to know if speech and vocal issues can be linked to early-onset hearing loss or hearing problems. I am wondering if our diagnosis of vocal nodules from vocal abuse actually is stemming from overcompensating to hear at a normal volume.  Read Full »


Dr. Syed Tehmid

ENT Otolaryngologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Well, the development of speech is definitely related to hearing. Early-onset hearing loss does impair development of speech as it is known that congenitally deaf are also mute. Regarding the other part, vocal abuse is in fact the only cause of vocal nodules. So tech...  Read Full »

My 26-month-old child had two words till 18 months and none after that. Is this autism?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a mother of a 26-month-old boy. He usually developed until around 18 months then began falling behind. He had maybe two words by 18 months, and now he has none at all. We strongly suspect he has autism (many red flags present, MCHAT score of 13) and is working towards getting him a...  Read Full »


Dr. Anuja Rajendra Sonawane

Audiologist, Speech Therapist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Many times in autism, the language is not lost the sensory issues, and the attention deficits are so higher that the child fails to pay attention to speech. Language is based mainly on attention and imitation. In many autism cases, the need to express is hampered, an...  Read Full »

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