In: Language and Language Disorders in Childhood A Book Supplement to Journal Child Psychology and Psychiatry 1980; 97-113
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Reprinted from Language and Language Disorders in Childhood A Book Supplement to Journal Child Psychology and Psychiatry, No. 2, L.A. Hersov, M. Berger and A.R. Nicol (eds.) "A follow up of speech retarded children", T. Fundudis, I. Kolvin and R.F. Garside,pp. 97-113, (©Pergamon Press, 1980).
There have been few follow-up studies of children with delay of speech development which have attempted to assess outcome in a systematic and comprehensive manner. A unique opportunity to carry out this type of longitudinal follow-up occurred as a result of the Newcastle Child Development Study (Neligan et al., 1974). In order to achieve this objective a series of preliminary simple steps were essential.