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Language skills at age 6 years in Swedish children screened for language delay at 2(1/2) years of age.

Journal article
Authors Carmela Miniscalco
Monica Westerlund
Anette Lohmander
Published in Acta paediatrica (Oslo, Norway : 1992)
Volume 94
Issue 12
Pages 1798-806
ISSN 0803-5253
Publication year 2005
Published at Institute of Selected Clinical Sciences, Department of Logopedics and Phoniatrics
Pages 1798-806
Language en
Keywords Child, Child, Preschool, Female, Follow-Up Studies, Humans, Language Development Disorders, diagnosis, epidemiology, Language Disorders, diagnosis, epidemiology, Male, Mass Screening, Semantics, Sweden, epidemiology
Subject categories Medical and Health Sciences


This study concerns language outcome in 6-y-old children who participated in a longitudinal community-based study of 105 children screened for language delay (LD) at 2(1/2) y of age. The purpose was to investigate (1) whether results from the 2(1/2)-y screening were persistent at 6 y of age, and (2) what language domains at age 6 were difficult for (a) children with LD at age 2(1/2) y and (b) children with normal language (LN) at the same age. Significant differences between LD and LN at age 2(1/2) y were persistent at age 6. The vulnerability that was identified at 2(1/2) y of age, such as problems with going from single-word utterances to multi-word utterances, seems to persist as delayed development at different language levels and across language domains. CONCLUSION: This study has shown that children who failed the 2(1/2)-y screening are at high risk of having persistent language problems at age 6 y.

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