Section 7. Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics >
Part 2. Developmental Variation to Disorder >
Chapter 86. Language DelayJames S. Andrews and Heidi M. Feldman
Topics Discussed: communication disorders; delayed language development; Growth and Development; language development disorders; language disorders; language tests.
Sections: Management, Natural History and Prognosis, References.
Excerpt:"Assessment of young children focuses around careful history taking
and observation. Gathering information from the child's
caregivers using open-ended questions is a convenient starting point.
For example, the clinician may ask, "What does your child
understand?" to evaluate receptive language, and "How
does your child communicate what he or she wants?" to assess expressive
language. After these initial open-ended questions, the clinician
may follow up with more specific questions based on the typical milestones. "Red
flags" indicating the need to refer for further speech
and language evaluation are summarized in Table
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