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EBP Compendium: Summary of Systematic Review

Emma Children’s Hospital
How to Investigate and Manage the Child Who is Slow to Speak

Busari, J. O., & Weggelaar, N. M. (2004).
BMJ, 328, 272-276.

Indicators of Review Quality:

The review addresses a clearly focused question Yes
Criteria for inclusion of studies are provided Yes
Search strategy is described in sufficient detail for replication Yes
Included studies are assessed for study quality No
Quality assessments are reproducible No

Description: This is a review of current literature on speech and language development in children.

Question(s) Addressed:

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

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