To the Editor: Childhood communication disorders (CCD) affect up to 20% of 4-year-old children.1 Early intervention is important2 and a variety of health and education professionals may provide assistance, including speech pathologists (SPs), paediatricians, general practitioners and others. The type and amount of help provided to preschool-aged children in Australia is unknown, nor are the costs empirically described. Using data from the Early Language in Victoria Study (ELVS),1,3 a prospective study of a large Australian cohort of children, we describe the use of services for CCD, out-of-pocket costs to families and costs to the health system.
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