Journal article

Who to Refer for Speech Therapy at 4 Years of Age Versus Who to "Watch and Wait"?

Angela Morgan, Kyriaki Ttofari Eecen, Angela Pezic, Katherine Brommeyer, Cristina Mei, Patricia Eadie, Sheena Reilly, Barbara Dodd

JOURNAL OF PEDIATRICS | MOSBY-ELSEVIER | Published : 2017

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To examine predictors of speech disorder resolution versus persistence at age 7 years in children with speech errors at age 4 years. STUDY DESIGN: Participants were drawn from a longitudinal, community cohort. Assessment at age 4 years (N?=?1494) identified children with speech errors. Reassessment at age 7 years allowed categorization into resolved or persistent categories. Logistic regression examined predictors of speech outcome, including family history, sex, socioeconomic status, nonverbal intelligence, and speech error type (delay vs disorder). RESULTS: At age 7 years, persistent errors were seen in over 40% of children who had errors at age 4 years. Speech symptomatology wa..

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Grants

Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Centre of Research Excellence in Child Language


Awarded by NHMRC Career Development Award


Awarded by NHMRC Practitioner Fellowship


Funding Acknowledgements

Supported by National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Centre of Research Excellence in Child Language (APP1023493) and NHMRC Career Development Award (607315) and NHMRC Practitioner Fellowship (APP1105008 [to A.M.]). The authors declare no conflicts of interest.