The Differences Between The Brains Of A Child With Delayed S

Danielle Magid

The differences between the brains of a child with delayed speech and a child with no delay1

Your right and I’m left

Students that have delayed speech use the right side of their brains when listening, however that is not the case for students who do not have delayed speech; they use the right side of their brains. Early intervention of diagnosing students with delayed speech is important for many reasons, such as starting treatment if necessary. What this article tries to point out is that fMRIs (functional magnetic resonance imaging) can show brain activity or lack of brain activity in order for diagnosing, and guiding and monitoring treatment of children with speech delayed disabilities. In this study, Dr Altman tested seventeen children that have speech delays and thirty-six children without speech delays. The children with the delays ranged from age one to seven, and the children without speech delays ranged from ages one to nine years old.

The findings and what you need to know

The fMRI showed that children with speech delays ages four and younger showed a significant amount of less brain activity compared to children of the same age, but who did not have speech delays. In addition, the research showed that children with speech delays are not as receptive to language as they age, opposed to students that do not have delays in speech. It is important to realize that if a child has not said his or her first word by the age of one, then testing by an fMRI is recommended. By getting tested, early intervention can be productive and effective.