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?
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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