Management of developmental speech and language disorders: Part 1

Anne O'Hare*, Lynne Bremner

*Corresponding author for this work

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The identification of developmental problems in a child's acquisition of speech, language and/or communication is a core activity in child surveillance. These are common difficulties with up to 15% of toddlers being 'late talkers' and 7% of children entering school with persisting impairments of their language development. These delays can confer disadvantages in the long term, adversely affecting language, cognition, academic attainment, behaviour and mental health. All children presenting with significant speech and language delay should be investigated with a comprehensive hearing assessment and be considered for speech and language therapy assessment. Socioeconomic adversity correlates with delayed language development. Clinical assessment should confirm that the presentation is definitely not acquired (see part 2) and will also guide whether the difficulty is primary, in which there are often familial patterns, or secondary, from a very wide range of aetiologies. Symptoms may be salient, such as the regression of communication in

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)272-277
Number of pages6
JournalArchives of Disease in Childhood
Issue number3
Early online date24 Jul 2015
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 24 Jul 2015


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