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Percentage of Children Ages 3–17 with Any Communication or Swallowing Disorder During the Past 12 Months, by Race and Hispanic Origin, Sex, and Age Group: United States, 2012

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The percentage of children ages 3–17 with any voice, speech, language, and swallowing disorders during the past 12 months was 7.7%. This percentage was higher among non-Hispanic black children (9.6% 1) compared with both Hispanic children (6.9%) and non-Hispanic white children (7.8%). Boys (9.6%) were more likely than girls (5.7% 2) to have had any communication or swallowing disorder during the past 12 months. Children ages 3–6 years (11.0% 3) and 7–10 years (9.3% 3) were more likely than children ages 11–17 years (4.9%) to have had any communication or swallowing disorder in the past 12 months.

1Significantly different from Hispanic children (p < 0.05).
2Significantly different from boys (p < 0.05).
3Significantly different from children aged 11–17 years (p < 0.05).

Note

Data are based on household interviews with parents or adult caregivers of children in a sample of the civilian noninstitutionalized U.S. population.

Data Source

CDC/NCHS, National Health Interview Survey, 2012

Definitions

Speech problem: Based on a positive response to the question, "During the past 12 months, has [sample child] had a problem speaking, such as making speech sounds correctly or stuttering, that lasted for a week or longer?"

Language problem: Based on a positive response to the question, "During the past 12 months, has [sample child] had a problem learning, using, or understanding words or sentences that lasted for a week or longer?"

Voice problem: Based on a positive response to the question, “During the past 12 months, has [sample child] had any problems or difficulties with his/her voice, such as too weak, hoarse, or strained, that lasted for a week or longer?"

Swallowing problem: Based on a positive response to the question, "During the past 12 months, has [sample child] had a problem swallowing food or beverages that lasted for a week or longer?"

Communication disorder: Based on a positive response to at least one of the four problems listed above. Disorders were parent-reported and not necessarily diagnosed by a doctor or health care professional.

Receipt of intervention services: Respondents who indicated that the sample child had a speech, language, voice, or swallowing problem were then asked the following question separately for each type of communication disorder, "During the past 12 months, did [sample child] receive speech language therapy or other intervention services for his/her 1) voice problems; 2) problems swallowing, 3) speech problems; 4) using, learning, or understanding words or sentences; respectively?"

Last Updated Date: 
June 9, 2015