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Speech problems in children - NICE guidance - suspected neurological conditions - recognition and referral

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Summary points from NICE relating to speech problems of children are:

New-onset slurred or disrupted speech

  • refer urgently children with new-onset slurred or disrupted speech that is not attributable to prescribed medicines, recreational drugs or alcohol for neurological assessment

Problems with speech development in children aged over 2 years

  • consider referring children aged over 2 years with abnormal speech development to speech and language services
  • be aware that delay or regression in speech and language in children can be a symptom of autism


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