Language Sample Collection and Analysis Interview Compared to Freeplay Assessment Contexts Research Article
Research Article  |   April 01, 1992
Language Sample Collection and Analysis
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Julia L. Evans
    Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, PA
  • Holly K. Craig
    University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI
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Research Issues, Methods & Evidence-Based Practice / Normal Language Processing / Language Disorders / Language / Research Articles
Research Article   |   April 01, 1992
Language Sample Collection and Analysis
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, April 1992, Vol. 35, 343-353. doi:10.1044/jshr.3502.343
History: Received February 4, 1991 , Accepted July 2, 1991
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, April 1992, Vol. 35, 343-353. doi:10.1044/jshr.3502.343
History: Received February 4, 1991; Accepted July 2, 1991

Spontaneous language samples elicited during freeplay and interview contexts were compared for 10 children who were specifically language impaired (SLI). Clinician-child videotaped interactions were analyzed for both structural and conversational behaviors. The results indicated that the interview was a reliable and valid assessment context, eliciting the same profile of behaviors as the freeplay context without altering diagnostic classifications. Most behaviors occurred significantly more often during the interview than during the freeplay context, indicating further that interviews are an efficient language sampling alternative for assessment purposes with elementary school-aged children with language disorders.

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