Language development

In 2013, a new universal 30 month assessment was introduced across Scotland as part of the universal child care pathway for babies and young children.  Completion of SDQ represents one of two standardised assessment instruments which are used by NHSGG&C during this developmental assessment which the Health Visitor completes in partnership with the parent/carer.  The other instrument utilised is the Sure Start Language Measure – Revised (SSLM_R) - parents are asked if their child can say 50 words from a list of common words.  This list is presented to the parent on a sheet of paper for identification. Having less than 32 words is suggestive of communication delay.  Three additional questions inquire about comprehension, stammering or stumbling over words.