children with persistent speech disorders are more likely to have trouble making friends, according to a study by researchers in Bristol University and recently published ‘Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry Advances’,
Research experts analyzed data collected from 7,390 participants Studio ‘Kids of the 90s’, who attended the clinic at the age of eight. Behavioral and depression outcomes were measured by questionnaire and interview at 10, 11 and 14 years.
The study tried to find out whether children with speech disorders Persistent (struggling to understand and may be difficult to understand or barely intelligible) also experience higher levels of social, emotional and behavioral difficulties (SEBD) and are therefore at risk of associated negative outcomes in older age.
The results showed that children with persistent speech disorders They were more likely to have peer problems at age 10 or 11 than their peers at age eight, as reported by teachers and parents. However, they were no more likely than their peers to report depressive symptoms at age 10 or to engage in antisocial and risk-taking behavior between ages 11 and 14.
“Our findings suggest that persistent speech problems may affect other aspects of a child’s development. It is therefore important to monitor and support any child with persistent speech problems throughout his or her school years. Especially COVID- 19 onwards, when for some children, speech development was delayed by imprisonment,” the researchers highlighted.
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