The American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines recommends that health care providers perform regular surveillance at every well-child visit for children under younger than 36 months. If concerns arise screenings should be completed using standardized developmental tools. Critical months for screening include 9, 18, 24 and 30 months as appropriate ages for formal speech and language screening.
In 2013, the US Preventative Service Task Force USPSTF commissioned an updated systematic review of the current evidence on brief, formal screening for speech and language delays and disorders in children 5 years old and younger is recommended.