To the Editor:
I am writing to applaud your excellent coverage of speech-language-hearing disorders in children in your March 1985 issue.
The pediatrician's role is crucial in the referral process, since he is the first professional parents usually encounter in their quest for help. As Dr. Copian so explicitly pointed out, communication disorders are often the first symptoms of problems which will influence later educational skills, waiting for the child to "outgrow" the problem is no longer an appropriate course of action, since our evaluation techniques have become more sophisticated than they once were. Thank you for focusing an entire issue of your publication on this critical matter.