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Hadley, Pamela A.

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B.S. (Bachelor of Science)

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School of Allied Health and Communicative Disorders


This project developed guidelines for speech-language pathologists to use when making data-driven decisions on whether to keep a child in services or to dismiss the child from direct therapy. The purpose was to develop an action plan to guide theclinician in decision-making. Three questions were posed: 1. What should be evaluated? 2. Which tools should be used and how often? 3. How could these results be interpreted to inform clinical decision-making? To do this, a literature review was conducted and recommendations were discussed with a speech-language pathologist and a clinical researcher working at this university. Proposed guidelines focused on total vocabulary, verb lexicon, word combinations, and three longest sentences. Recommended tools include the Communicative Development Inventory and a measure of unique syntactic types. Recommendations for interpreting growth on these measures at three-month intervals are provided. The viability of these measures can be evaluated in future research.


Includes bibliographical references.


20 unnumbered pages




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