Vital Signs: Brain Got Your Tongue?

A 6-year-old girl cannot speak outside 
her home. Is she simply shy, or is some bigger problem keeping her from talking?

By Mark Cohen|Tuesday, June 14, 2011
My medical assistant put the chart on my desk. “your next patient is in room five, Dr. Cohen. Her name is Taylor and 
she’s a cutie!”“Thanks, Mary,” I said, pulling up Taylor’s medical record on my desktop computer. I glanced at the consultation request: Six-year-old girl with speech problem. As a developmental pediatrician, I am often called on to evaluate children’s speech and language. Those are among the most complex tasks the young brain has to master, so it’s no wonder many childhood diso...

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