Practitioner Review: Early Developmental language Delay: What. If Anything. Should the Clinician Do About It?
Article first published online: 7 DEC 2006
Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry
Volume 35, Issue 4, pages 613–648, May 1994
How to Cite
Whitehurst, G. J. and Fischel, J. E. (1994), Practitioner Review: Early Developmental language Delay: What. If Anything. Should the Clinician Do About It?. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 35: 613–648. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-7610.1994.tb01210.x
- Issue published online: 7 DEC 2006
- Article first published online: 7 DEC 2006
- Accepted manuscript received 15 December 1993
- Language dalay;
- learning disability;
Abstract Early developmental language delay is characterized by slow development of language in preschoolers. The condition is frequent amoung tow-and three-year-olds, causes concern among parents, and generates differences of opinion as to significance among informed professionals. Poorer long-term outcomes are much more likely if language delay persists until the later preschool year, and if the dealy is not specific to language and/or includes problems in understanding. Specific language delay in the preschool period is better characterized as a risk factor than disorder, most children with specific language delay recover to the normal range by five years of age.