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Giving Children a Voice

Watching a child grow brings parents indescribable joy. Parenting is never easy, though, and when your child struggles to communicate their wants and needs verbally, it can be difficult to distinguish if they are simply encountering some challenges with speech or if they need help with a speech disorder. “Early intervention is most important,” Sheri Mistretta, executive director of Walker Scottish Rite Clinic at Maryville University, explains. “If you diagnose and treat early, before secondary conditions and behaviors arrive, it’s a smaller [issue]. Just like anything else in life, the earlier you get at it, the faster you can get it resolved.”

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