A Comparison of Language Screening Methods Administrators and speech clinicians are concerned about the amount of professional time necessary for language screening in preschool screening programs. This study compares the effectiveness of the language sub-test of the Denver Developmental Screening Test (DDST) (Frankenburg and Dobbs, 1970) and the Preschool Language Scale (PLS) (Zimmerman, Steiner, and Evatt, ... Research Article
Research Article  |   October 01, 1980
A Comparison of Language Screening Methods
 
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  • Gordon R. Dodge is a regional preschool consultant. Requests for reprints may be sent to him at 139 East First Avenue, Cambridge, Minnesota 55008
    Gordon R. Dodge is a regional preschool consultant. Requests for reprints may be sent to him at 139 East First Avenue, Cambridge, Minnesota 55008×
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Research Article   |   October 01, 1980
A Comparison of Language Screening Methods
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, October 1980, Vol. 11, 214-217. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.1104.214
History: Received July 12, 1979 , Accepted December 10, 1979
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, October 1980, Vol. 11, 214-217. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.1104.214
History: Received July 12, 1979; Accepted December 10, 1979

Administrators and speech clinicians are concerned about the amount of professional time necessary for language screening in preschool screening programs. This study compares the effectiveness of the language sub-test of the Denver Developmental Screening Test (DDST) (Frankenburg and Dobbs, 1970) and the Preschool Language Scale (PLS) (Zimmerman, Steiner, and Evatt, 1969) for preschool language screening. Four hundred eighty-six preschool children were screened with the DDST and PLS. Children who failed the screening were referred for a formal language assessment. The results indicate that the DDST is slightly more effective than the PLS in identifying preschool children who need remedial language services, implications from these findings are that the DDST does not need to be supplemented with an additional language screening instrument and that volunteer language screening with the DDST as effective as language screening by professional speech clinicians.

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