Language Disorders in Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers
Determining a child's age to compare them to other children the same age. We typically use years and months (2;3--2 years; 3 months).
The ability to understand language (the opposite of expression).
Refers to the meaning of language (semantics)
non-standardized approaches to assessment provide descriptive information about tasks children routinely encounter in their environment. Unlike norm-referenced measures, scores are not compared to the average scores fo same-age peers.
Refers to the child's level of development in a given area (language). It is the age of most typically developing children at the time their language is similar to the language of the child being tested.
The ability to produce language (the opposite of comprehension).
Incorporates families into the assessment and treatment process. This construct is designed to recognize the importance of connections with family members in communication development.
Refers to the structure of language including syntax, morphology, and phonology.
Allows SLPs to test beyond the limits of behaviors the child displays in non-teaching (testing) situations. This type of testing helps clinicians decide whether poor test performance is due to language learning difficulties or lack of understanding of the test task, or limited exposure to the types of questions that are being asked.
Members of an assessment team conduct their own independent assesments of the child's abilities that relate to their own interest areas (SLPs evaluate speech and language only, physical therapists--motor abilities). In a summary meeting, each member of the team shares their findings and recommends treatment. The emphasis is on the parts of the child rather than the whole child.
An approach to identifying language disorders in which clinicians base their diagnostic decisions on test scores without taking social norms into consideration.
An approach to identifying language disorders in which clinicians account for social norms and potential social, educational, vocational, and economic consequences of the child's language abilities in the decision-making process.
Occurs before the child uses words. It includes gestures and non-word vocalizations.
The use of speech or writing to express meaning.
Specific Language Impairment
Difficulties acquiring language in the absence of any other mental, sensory, motoric, emotional, or experiential deficits (functional disorder).
Administration of formal tests to determine how a child's performance on an aspect of language compares to the average performance of children who are the same chronological age.
A team of professionals works together to evaluate a child. Members of the team are not limited to the evaluation of any single area of development.
Refers to the social aspects of language, which are also called Pragmatics.