Publication Date

1-1-1996

Document Type

Dissertation/Thesis

First Advisor

Stephens, M. Irene (Mary Irene)

Degree Name

B.S. (Bachelor of Science)

Department

School of Allied Health and Communicative Disorders

Abstract

The purpose of the current study was to extend previous work in the development of an elicited sentence imitation screening device for three-year-olds' language abilities. The nine sentences developed for presentation to the children formed a brief story and had supporting illustrations. The task was given to six children with ages ranging from two years, nine months to three years, ten months, who displayed typically developing language abilities in order to determine if the task was age-appropriate. Two different scoring systems were used to quantitatively evaluate performance on the task; in addition, qualitative descriptions of the children's efforts were also provided. It was found that five of the six children in the study were able to respond to the examiner's instructions. The early threes obtained higher scores than the later threes, which with the scoring systems used indicates less linguistic control. The children appeared to find the task interesting and engaging, and required little prompting to participate, evidence for the task being age-appropriate. Further work needs to be done in the development of the task, including testing a large number of three-year-olds with a wide range of language abilities and continued efforts to establish test reliability and validity.

Comments

Includes bibliographical references.

Extent

25 pages

Language

eng

Publisher

Northern Illinois University

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In Copyright

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Text

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