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The UK NSC recommendation on Speech and language delay screening in children (currently under review)


This recommendation is currently being reviewed as part of the UK NSC's regular review cycle of all policies.

The review process began in Jan 2010 and is estimated to be completed by Nov 2013.

Recommendation Systematic population screening programme not recommended
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More about Speech & Language Delay

While all children reach developmental milestones on their own schedules, there are times when a child seems to lag far enough behind the norms to warrant a thorough evaluation. Delays in speech and language are fairly common amongst young children. Many children improve without intervention but early intervention can help in some cases.

» Read more about speech and language delay on the Kids Development website


Communication Trust
Institute of Child Health
Royal College of General Practitioners
Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists

The stakeholder groups will be involved when the recommendation is next reviewed. If you think your organisation should be added, please contact us. More information for stakeholders can be found in appendix C of the UK NSC evidence review process.

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