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Table 2 Summary of existing recommendations

From: Screening for language and speech delay in children under five years

Source Ref Date General recommendations for language and speech delay screening
USPSTF [4] 2015 “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. (I statement)”
RCPCH [5] 2019 “When concerns are raised, appropriate tools should be used to aid assessment. (strong evidence)”
UK NSC [9] 2005 “Systematic population screening programme not recommended” (Currently under revision)
Canadian Task Force [6] 2016 “We recommend against screening for developmental delay using standardized tools in children aged 1 to 4 years with no apparent signs of developmental delay and whose parents and clinicians have no concerns about development (strong recommendation; low- quality evidence)”
  1. Abbreviations: RCPCH Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, UK NSC UK National Screening Committee, USPSTF US Preventive Services Task Force