A Strategy for Language Assessment of Young Children A Combination of Two Approaches Research Article
Research Article  |   April 01, 1986
A Strategy for Language Assessment of Young Children
 
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  • Donna J. Kelly is a speech-language pathologist in the University affiliated facility and the Department of Speech and Hearing, University of Kansas Medical Center, 39th & Rainbow Blvd., Kansas City, KS 66103. Requests for reprints may be sent to her at this address. Mabel L. Rice is an associate professor in the Department of Speech-Language-Hearing and Child Language Program, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS 66044.
    Donna J. Kelly is a speech-language pathologist in the University affiliated facility and the Department of Speech and Hearing, University of Kansas Medical Center, 39th & Rainbow Blvd., Kansas City, KS 66103. Requests for reprints may be sent to her at this address. Mabel L. Rice is an associate professor in the Department of Speech-Language-Hearing and Child Language Program, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS 66044.×
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Research Articles
Research Article   |   April 01, 1986
A Strategy for Language Assessment of Young Children
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, April 1986, Vol. 17, 83-94. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.1702.83
History: Received October 29, 1984 , Accepted June 13, 1985
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, April 1986, Vol. 17, 83-94. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.1702.83
History: Received October 29, 1984; Accepted June 13, 1985

Current approaches to language assessment can be categorized as involving the use of norm-referenced tests or informal descriptive assessment. The two approaches are evaluated, and found to have complementary strengths and weaknesses. A proposed strategy advocates a combination of descriptive and formal assessment measures. This approach involves the following components: {a) parent-clinician interview, (b) parent-child observations, (c) clinician-directed formal and nonformal assessment procedures, and (d) parent-clinician interpretation. An elaborated sample of language assessment is provided.

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