Belinda Buckley speech & language therapist

About Belinda Buckley

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About speech, language & communication

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Telephone: 079 805 631 65

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What are the risk factors?

The following factors place children at higher risk than others for developing speech, language or communication difficulties:

  • Sensory impairments (especially hearing loss)
  • Prematurity
  • Exposure to infections or toxins in utero or during early childhood
  • Maternal disease influencing normal growth of her unborn child
  • Birth trauma
  • Positive family history of communication difficulties (including reading / writing difficulties, speech problems, language problems and autism)
  • Medical and congenital conditions associated with communication impairments (for example, cerebral palsy, Down’s syndrome, Fragile X…)
  • Environmental deprivation (i.e. severely reduced opportunities to learn about the world, to play and to interact) and / or abnormal environmental input (for example child abuse and severe neglect)
  • Multiplicity of adverse factors.