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Clinical profile of Filipino children with speech and language delay and disorders seen at two Developmental Pediatric out-patient clinics from January 2005 to March 2014.


Marivic  A. Leon,
Rowena  R. Francisco,
Ma. Theresa  Arranz-Lim,
Francis Xavier  M. Dimalanta

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Department of Pediatrics - Cardinal Santos Medical Center

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Publication Type
Book of Abstracts
Publication Sub Type
CSMC Research Abstract Compendium


Limited local data on speech and language impairment in children is available.  A retrospective descriptive study was done to determine the clinical profile of Filipino children diagnosed with speech and language delay and disorders. The records of 1169 children diagnosed by two developmental pediatricians in their out-patient clinics from January 2005 to March 2014 were reviewed. Data was collected regarding factors pertaining to the maternal, perinatal history, medical history, and family and environment. Most of the children were male who were initially seen and diagnosed at 4 years. Most common diagnosis was Communication disorder. Maternal and perinatal histories of the children were mostly unremarkable. Most of the subjects were mixed fed with no childhood co-morbidities. A positive family history of speech delay and learning disabilities was common in this population. Majority of the subjects had no siblings and lived with both parents who were mostly college graduates and professionals. The nanny was listed as the primary caregiver of the child and majority reported on television or electronic gadgets as stimulation. A prospective case control study is recommended to provide better correlation between possible risk factors and speech delay and language disorders.

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