ERIC Number: EJ1125027
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Atypical Speech and Language Development: A Consensus Study on Clinical Signs in the Netherlands
Visser-Bochane, Margot I.; Gerrits, Ellen; van der Schans, Cees P.; Reijneveld, Sijmen A.; Luinge, Margreet R.
International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders, v52 n1 p10-20 Jan-Feb 2017
Background: Atypical speech and language development is one of the most common developmental difficulties in young children. However, which clinical signs characterize atypical speech-language development at what age is not clear. Aim: To achieve a national and valid consensus on clinical signs and red flags (i.e. most urgent clinical signs) for atypical speech-language development in children from 1 to 6 years of age. Methods & Procedures: A two-round Delphi study in the Netherlands with a national expert panel (n = 24) of speech and language therapists was conducted. The panel members responded to web-based questionnaires addressing clinical signs. Consensus was defined as = 70% of the experts agreeing on an issue. Outcomes & Results: The first round resulted in a list of 161 characteristics of atypical speech and language development. The second round led to agreement on 124 clinical signs and 34 red flags. Conclusions & Implications: Dutch national consensus concerns 17-23 clinical signs per age year for the description of an atypical speech-language development in young children and three to 10 characteristics per age year being red flags for atypical speech-language development. This consensus contributes to early identification and diagnosis of children with atypical speech-language development, awareness and research.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Developmental Disabilities, Speech Language Pathology, Clinical Diagnosis, Young Children, Delphi Technique, Allied Health Personnel, Questionnaires, Child Development
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Identifiers - Location: Netherlands
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