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Speech and Language Delay and Disorders in Children Age 5 and Younger: Screening

Release Date: July 2015

Recommendation Summary

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Children aged 5 years or younger

The USPSTF concludes that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for speech and language delay and disorders in children aged 5 years or younger.


See the Clinical Considerations section for suggestions for practice regarding the I statement.

Literature scans conducted in April 2019 in the MEDLINE, ERIC, and PubMed databases and the Cochrane Library showed a lack of new evidence to support an updated systematic review on the topic at this time. See the Literature Surveillance Report under the Supporting Documents section of this webpage.

Related Information for Health Professionals

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Clinical Summary

Clinical summaries are one-page documents that provide guidance to primary care clinicians for using recommendations in practice.

This summary is intended for use by primary care clinicians.

Current as of: July 2015

Internet Citation: Final Update Summary: Speech and Language Delay and Disorders in Children Age 5 and Younger: Screening. U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. September 2016.

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