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How nonverbal are nonverbal IQ tasks?
Posted by Elizabeth D. Peña in assessment, bilingual, bilingualism, child bilingualism, child language impairment, culture on December 13, 2021
I think we sometimes ASSUME that nonverbal tasks are nonverbal in the same way. And you know what happens when we assume right?? This is true for IQ tests that test nonverbal abilities. We have to ask what kinds of abilities? How are these tested? How are they elicited? And, how are they observed?
There are different kinds of nonverbal tasks. Sometimes the instructions are given verbally but the response is pointing, manipulating, constructing, or gesturing. Sometimes both instructions and responses are nonverbal. Some IQ tests are fully nonverbal, others have nonverbal subtests. In a paper published a couple of years ago, we were interested in how bilingual children with and without developmental language disorder (DLD) performed on nonverbal tests.Read the rest of this entry »
Receptive Expressive Gap in Narratives
Posted by Elizabeth D. Peña in assessment, between-language, bilingual on December 23, 2020
Assessment of narratives can be helpful in making a diagnosis of developmental language disorder (DLD). One of the things that I like about narrative assessment is that it is efficient, you can analyze the narrative at different levels (words, sentences, story). For kids who are bilingual, narrative assessment can provide a way to analyze their language when there aren’t standardized tests. Additionally, it appears that bilingual children transfer what they know about story structure from one language to another so that also makes it useful.Read the rest of this entry »
Dynamic Assessment of Narratives: Which Language Should I Choose?
Posted by Elizabeth D. Peña in assessment, between-language, bilingual, child bilingualism on August 25, 2020
Dynamic assessment (DA) is a powerful approach that we can employ as part of diagnostic decision making. There are a number of advantages to DA, especially for children whose experiences don’t meet mainstream expectations including dual language learners. A number of DA approaches have been validated and show good sensitivity and specificity. DA of narratives and word learning are two of examples of these approaches.Read the rest of this entry »
Grammatical Assessment of Bilingual Children in English
Posted by Elizabeth D. Peña in assessment, bilingual, child bilingualism, child language impairment, developmental language disorder, English, ESL on July 29, 2020
We’ve had a paper out for a couple of years now and I’ve been meaning to blog about it, but for some reason other things have taken priority. The question that we addressed in this study is the extent to which English assessment of children who are Spanish-English bilinguals would be useful for identification of DLD.Read the rest of this entry »
We Can’t WAIT!
Posted by Elizabeth D. Peña in assessment, Uncategorized on May 12, 2020
There’s been a lot of discussion concerning COVID19 and schooling from home. In the special education domain, at least in speech-language pathology, we seem to be all over the place. Not that it’s easy it’s not. But, I hear a lot of comments and reports that school districts are suspending special education testing:
- till schools open again
- because standardized tests aren’t standardized for on-line administration
- because we’re not comfortable
- because we think that it can’t be valid
Why Opinion and Personal Observation isn’t as good as Systematic Research
Posted by Elizabeth D. Peña in assessment, bilingual, bilingualism, child bilingualism, child language impairment, developmental language disorder, Uncategorized on April 17, 2020
Families of bilingual children with developmental language disorder (DLD) are often told to use only one language. School district personnel may insist that these children receive instruction in only one language even if there are bilingual programs available. Even bilingual personnel who work with children (teachers and SLPs for example) may say that children with DLD can become more confused if in a bilingual environment. This is simply not true. I have participated in many studies that demonstrate that bilingual children are not more likely to show higher risk for DLD than monolinguals; we know that bilingual children with DLD show comparable performance to monolingual children with DLD; we know that bilingual children with DLD show cognate advantages similar to typical bilinguals; we know that intervention in one language can carry over to the other language. This work is all supported by the data-based research (linked) and is consistent with work that other researchers are doing. Read the rest of this entry »
Does conceptual scoring increase classification accuracy for vocabulary tests?
Posted by Elizabeth D. Peña in assessment, between-language, bilingual, child bilingualism, child language impairment, developmental language disorder, English, language impairment, vocabulary on April 7, 2019
We’ve (as a field) have known for about 20 years that single word vocabulary tests whether they are receptive or expressive tests are poor indicators of developmental language disorders (DLD). At the same time, these tests are very often used by SLPs as part of a diagnostic. They are easy to give, quick, and highly reliable. It’s hard to make an error in administration or scoring on these tests. But, reliability is not enough (neither are the other reasons). Even if it only takes 5 minutes and the score is a perfect representation of what the child can do it doesn’t mean that a low score indicates impairment or that a high score indicates typical development. As far as domains of language go– children with DLD do pretty well with vocabulary at the single word level. It’s semantics (connections among words) that they have difficulty with. Read the rest of this entry »
Can we improve home language surveys?
Posted by Elizabeth D. Peña in assessment, between-language, bilingual, bilingualism, child bilingualism on September 10, 2018
I’m working on a paper that focuses on language dominance, proficiency and exposure. I’ve written about these definitions before. Here, I want to think about how it is we capture this information.
There are a number of really nice surveys and questionnaires that have been developed that help to document this information. These include L1 and L2 age of acquisition; educational history in each language, rating of proficiency in each language. Sometimes this is broken out into speaking, listening, reading and writing. Some questionnaires ask about what language is more proficient, and may ask for what purpose(s) each language is used. This information is designed to get at the question of how language is used and how proficient an individual might be across situations. Read the rest of this entry »
Does bilingualism hurt children with DLD?
Posted by Elizabeth D. Peña in assessment, bilingual, bilingualism, child bilingualism, child language impairment, language impairment, Uncategorized on August 9, 2018
You know I’m gonna say no. But, it’s important to establish what does happen and to do so with data. After several studies we have enough data to look at this question more carefully with a set of children with developmental language disorder (aka: language impairment; specific language impairment; or primary language impairment) who had varying levels of exposure to Spanish and English. Read the rest of this entry »
Do bilinguals have to be tested in both languages? Part 2
Posted by Elizabeth D. Peña in assessment, bilingual, bilingualism, child bilingualism, Uncategorized on January 30, 2018
The answers are yes, no, maybe, it depends. Last time we talked about “yes.” This time let’s talk about: