Concurrent Validity of Caregiver/Parent Report Measures of Language for Children Who Are Learning Both English and Spanish The validity of two analogous caregiver/parent report measures of early language development in young children who are learning both English and Spanish is examined. Caregiver/parent report indices of vocabulary production and grammar were obtained for 26 children using the MacArthur Communicative Development Inventory: Words & Sentences (CDI; Fenson et al., ... Article/Report
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Concurrent Validity of Caregiver/Parent Report Measures of Language for Children Who Are Learning Both English and Spanish
 
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Article/Report   |   October 2002
Concurrent Validity of Caregiver/Parent Report Measures of Language for Children Who Are Learning Both English and Spanish
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, October 2002, Vol. 45, 983-997. doi:10.1044/1092-4388(2002/080)
History: Received April 2, 2002 , Accepted June 5, 2002
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, October 2002, Vol. 45, 983-997. doi:10.1044/1092-4388(2002/080)
History: Received April 2, 2002; Accepted June 5, 2002
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The validity of two analogous caregiver/parent report measures of early language development in young children who are learning both English and Spanish is examined. Caregiver/parent report indices of vocabulary production and grammar were obtained for 26 children using the MacArthur Communicative Development Inventory: Words & Sentences (CDI; Fenson et al., 1994) and the Inventario del Desarrollo de Habilidades Comunicativas: Palabras y Enunciados (IDHC; Jackson-Maldonado, Bates, & Thal, 1992). Scores were significantly correlated with analogous laboratory measures in both English and Spanish, including a real-object naming task and spontaneous language use during freeplay. The findings offer evidence that the CDI and IDHC provide valid assessments of early language milestones in young English- and Spanish-speaking children. Factors that may influence the validity of these tools for use with this population are also discussed.

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