Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Child Speech Screenings Proposed

December 02, 2014 03:58 pm Chris Crawford – According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, speech sound disorders affect 10 percent of children overall. Language difficulty is estimated to affect between 2 percent and 19 percent of preschool-age children, and specific language impairment is one of the most common childhood disorders, affecting 7 percent of children. Of the more than 2 million Americans who stutter, half are children. 
Yet despite these statistics, screening for these issues hasn't proved to be either effective or ineffective. 
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) posted a draft recommendation statementon Nov. 18 that re-examined screening for speech and language delay and disorders in children age 5 or younger and found that current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of routine screening.

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