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Chapter 3 (Language Development in Children) Study & Review Questions

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You have been asked to assess the language skills of 6-year old Jennifer, who has been referred by her classroom teacher. The teacher says that Jennifer "talks in these really short sentences. I don't know if she is just shy or if there is more going on." The teacher has worked on oral language skills daily with her class. The end of the year is coming soon, and the teacher is concerned about how Jennifer will perform in second grade. You decide to conduct an informal language screening to decide whether you need to formally evaluate Jennifer's expressive language skills. You find that she uses many sentences, such as "He has a ball" and "I like Pokémon." She uses few compound or complex sentences. You talk with her parents and find that this performance is also typical at home. Your next step would be to:

A: tell the teacher and parents that Jennifer is within normal limits for her age, and that a formal language evaluation is unnecessary
B: inform the teacher and parent that Jennifer may have autistic-like tendencies and that she needs to be formally evaluated by a team of special educators
C: tell the teacher and parents that you will take a "wait and see" approach. If the second-grade teacher has concerns similar to those of the first-grade teacher, you will follow up with a formal evaluation of Jennifer's language skills.
D: tell the teacher and parents that you would like to formally evaluate Jennifer's language skills because at 6 years of age, she should have an average MLU of 6.0-8.0, and her language should approximate the adult model