Diagnosing a speech problem is a difficult thing, especially when the patient is younger. In childhood, significant speech problems can be confused for simple childhood stuttering. This can lead to a person going untreated for years, or at least until they’re well into their school years. Unfortunately, the brain responds best to speech therapy when a person is younger. This is because the brain has a higher capability of learning and adapting at a younger age, especially when it comes to language.
That’s what makes it that much more difficult to treat seniors in need of speech therapy. Fortunately, the advancement of new forms of testing means that soon, people might be able to be diagnosed early in life. In fact, new genetic tests will make it possible to assess whether a young person has a speech problem or not. These genetic tests can be combined with tests of the brain that examine neural activity. Certain brain activity is highly linked with speech problems.
These new combination of tests means that soon, interventions for people with speech problems will begin earlier and younger. This will open up new doors and possibilities for anyone that is struggling to speak.