Question by  Amit51 (23)

What are causes of a speech impediment?

I need to understand speech impediments.


Answer by  gordon (304)

There can be a solely physical cause such as cleft lip or palate,tied tongue, dentition or hearing problems. Lisping or stuttering can be a result of mislearned speech like tongue thrust. A functional disorder means that the cause is not known. Neurological problems like stroke can also cause speech problems.


Answer by  AvrilBey (474)

Many things can cause speech impediments, possibly most notable, aphasia, a brain dysfunction that inhibits ones ability to speak, on other issues stemming from the brain. There could also be lingual issues or other physiological concerns.


Answer by  John (9008)

Speech impediments can have numerous causes. Deafness or hearing loss is one common cause. Physical deformities of the mouth, tongue or vocal cords can also cause this problem. The other common cause is some form of brain damage or defect. Other, less common, causes exist, as well.


Answer by  DesertRat (699)

There are three possible causes. One is physical, a deformity of some kind such as a cleft palate. Another is neurological, where damage to nerves in the face or throat impairs the ability to form sounds properly. The third is training and exposure, which is the one you can retrain. It also is the source of accents.


Answer by  Manda (1103)

There are many causes to a person having a speech impediment. The person can have a cleft palate that causes a split in the lips/mouth, affecting how the mouth works.

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