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Emma Children’s Hospital
How to Investigate and Manage the Child Who is Slow to Speak
Busari, J. O., & Weggelaar, N. M.
BMJ, 328, 272-276.
Indicators of Review Quality:
The review addresses a clearly focused question
Criteria for inclusion of studies are provided
Search strategy is described in sufficient detail for replication
Included studies are assessed for study quality
Quality assessments are reproducible
Description: This is a review of current literature on speech and language development in children.
Should clinicians conduct further investigations in children who are slow to speak or just wait and see if the problem resolves?
Population: Children age 0 to 18 years
Intervention/Assessment: Not stated
Number of Studies Included: 10 review and research articles and 1 case study
Years Included: After 1990 (article accepted for publication in December, 2003)
"We strongly recommend a good account of the child’s medical history, development, and performance, as well as a careful analysis of the child’s cognitive strengths and weaknesses with a validated screening of cognitive function" (p. 275).
Keywords: Language Disorders, Late Talkers, Speech Disorders
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Added to Compendium: January 2012