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Update on the investigation of children with delayed development
Article first published online: 19 APR 2013
© 2013 The Authors. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health © 2013 Paediatrics and Child Health Division (Royal Australasian College of Physicians)
Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health
Volume 49, Issue 7, pages 519–525, July 2013
How to Cite
Silove, N., Collins, F. and Ellaway, C. (2013), Update on the investigation of children with delayed development. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 49: 519–525. doi: 10.1111/jpc.12176
- Issue published online: 11 JUL 2013
- Article first published online: 19 APR 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 9 MAY 2012
- developmental delay;
- intellectual disability;
Children develop in the domains of cognition, speech and language, motor, personal skills, social skills and activities of daily living in a predictable and organised manner. Between 3000 and 9000 Australian children born in any one year may be diagnosed with global developmental delay. Paediatricians are often faced with the dilemma of ‘who’ and ‘how’ to investigate, as the yield is often considered to be low. ‘Best practice’ guidelines on the investigation of global developmental delay have been published, but the evidence available for the specific recommendations varies significantly and is based mostly on levels III and IV evidence (non-experimental descriptive studies and expert opinions). This paper discusses the current views and suggests a possible algorithm for clinical practice in Australia.