Speech and language delay in children: a review and the role of a pediatric dentist

J Indian Soc Pedod Prev Dent. 2012 Apr-Jun;30(2):103-8. doi: 10.4103/0970-4388.99979.


Speech and language development is a useful indicator of a child's overall development and cognitive ability. Identification of children at a risk for developmental delay or related problems may lead to intervention and assistance at a young age, when the chances for improvement are the best. This rationale supports screening of preschool children for speech and language delay or primary language impairment or disorder, which needs to be integrated into routine developmental surveillance practices of clinicians caring for children.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Dental Care for Children*
  • Humans
  • Language Development Disorders* / diagnosis
  • Language Development Disorders* / therapy
  • Language Therapy
  • Speech Therapy