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Misleading Time.com Article Regarding Speech Screening

Time.com recently posted a story called "Why Screening Young Children for Language Delays Isn't Helpful". As a speech and language pathologist, I can tell you that language is a powerful device. Language is at it's most powerful when used to persuade or dissuade. The headline used by Alice Park of Time with the words "isn't helpful" is a conclusive, black and white statement, that would lead all parents to delay or forgo screening. Yet deep in her article it says research from the U.S. Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) is inconclusive. "There’s not enough evidence to say that these instruments [...]

By |2016-11-07T14:44:55-05:00 |Blog|0 Comments

What is the percentage of kids with speech or language problems?

What is the percentage of kids with speech or language problems? (Question asked by Heather H, mom of a 3 year old boy) Heather recently took her son to the pediatrician for a routine check up. Prior to the visit, Heather suspected that her son's speech and language skills were behind his peer group. During the examination, she shared her concerns with the pediatrician. The pediatrician listened intently and went through a top line screening. After the evaluation, the pediatrician shared the mother's concerns and suggested that her son get evaluated by a speech language pathologist. Despite Heather's previous suspicions, she [...]

By |2016-11-07T14:45:43-05:00 |Blog|0 Comments
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