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About communication and swallowing difficulties

Below are some common communication and swallowing difficulties amongst young people along with information and guidanace.

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  • Stammering is repeating words or sounds e.g. ‘I I I I want…’ or ‘d d d dog’, stretching out sounds, for example, sssssssausage, getting stuck or no sound coming out. Some children who stammer may also have facial tension/extra body movements when talking.

Further reading and advice for Fluency/Stammering difficulties

Eating and drinking

  • Eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties can be called dysphagia.Some children with medical problems like cerebral palsy, down syndrome, muscle or movement difficulties can have an eating or drinking problem. Some children with delayed development or who were born early can have problems with eating and drinking.Speech and language therapists help children who have problems to manage food and drink safely. We advise what types of food and drink children can manage. For children who are not able to eat or drink safely, we work with other professionals to give advice to families.


Further reading and advice for Eating and drinking difficulties

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)

  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)

Further reading and advice for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) difficulties

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