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Speech problem lasting 1+ weeks, past 12 months

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For sample children age 3 and over, CVSPECHDIF reports if the child had any speech problems that lasted one week or longer in the past 12 months. Speech problems include problems making speech sounds correctly or stuttering.

According to the Field Representative's Manual, speech disorders are any defect or abnormality that prevents an individual from communicating by means of spoken words. Speech disorders may develop from nerve injury to the brain, muscular paralysis, structural defects, hysteria, or intellectual disability, also known as mental retardation.

This variable is part of a series of variables on child communication disorders that constitutes the sample child Voice, Speech, Swallowing, and Language Supplement. Several variables in this supplement can be used to track the Healthy People 2020 Objectives, under the topic of Hearing and other Sensory and Communication Disorders.


There are no comparability issues with this variable.


  • 2012: Sample children 3+


  • 2012