Variability in Scores, Structures, and Errors on Three Measures of Expressive Language The results and information obtained from three language measures, administered to a sample of fifty-four 4-, 5-, and 6-year-old normal-language children were compared. The measures differed in the method used to obtain a sample of children's language: the Developmental Sentence Scoring (DSS) procedure (Lee, 1974) assesses a spontaneous language sample, ... Research Article
Research Article  |   April 01, 1981
Variability in Scores, Structures, and Errors on Three Measures of Expressive Language
 
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  • Ellen O'Hara Werner is a speech-language pathologist at the Open Door Center in Sandwich, Illinois. Janet Dawson is affiliated with the Department of Communication Disorders at Northern Illinois University. Requests for reprints may be sent to Werner at the Open Door Center, Sandwich, IL 60548.
    Ellen O'Hara Werner is a speech-language pathologist at the Open Door Center in Sandwich, Illinois. Janet Dawson is affiliated with the Department of Communication Disorders at Northern Illinois University. Requests for reprints may be sent to Werner at the Open Door Center, Sandwich, IL 60548.×
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Research Article   |   April 01, 1981
Variability in Scores, Structures, and Errors on Three Measures of Expressive Language
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, April 1981, Vol. 12, 82-89. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.1202.82
History: Received January 31, 1980 , Accepted July 25, 1980
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, April 1981, Vol. 12, 82-89. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.1202.82
History: Received January 31, 1980; Accepted July 25, 1980

The results and information obtained from three language measures, administered to a sample of fifty-four 4-, 5-, and 6-year-old normal-language children were compared. The measures differed in the method used to obtain a sample of children's language: the Developmental Sentence Scoring (DSS) procedure (Lee, 1974) assesses a spontaneous language sample, the Carrow Elicited Language Inventory (CELI) (Carrow, 1974) assesses imitative language, and the Stuctured Photographic Language Test (SPLT) (Werner & Kresheck, 1974) assesses structured elicitation of self-generated utterance. Significant correlations were found between the SPLT and the CELI for all age levels and between the SPLT-DSS and the DSS-CELI for younger age levels. Analysis of individual children's responses showed variability of occurrences for some structures on the three measures. There was also some inconsistency in the errors made in forming similar grammatical structures on the three measures. The nature and components of each of the tasks may have affected individual children's performances.

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