Accuracy of a Screening Tool for Early Identification of Language Impairment Purpose A screening tool called the VTO Language Screening Instrument (VTO-LSI) was developed to enable more uniform and earlier detection of language impairment. This report, consisting of 2 retrospective studies, focuses on the effects of using the VTO-LSI compared to regular detection procedures. Method Study 1 retrospectively compared ... Research Note
Research Note  |   January 22, 2018
Accuracy of a Screening Tool for Early Identification of Language Impairment
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Noëlle Uilenburg
    Dutch Foundation for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Child, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • Karin Wiefferink
    Dutch Foundation for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Child, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • Paul Verkerk
    TNO Child Health, Leiden, the Netherlands
  • Margot van Denderen
    Youth Health Care Kennemerland, the Netherlands
  • Carla van Schie
    Youth Health Care Kennemerland, the Netherlands
  • Anne-Marie Oudesluys-Murphy
    Willem-Alexander Children's Hospital, Leiden University Medical Center, the Netherlands
  • Disclosure: The authors have declared that no competing interests existed at the time of publication.
    Disclosure: The authors have declared that no competing interests existed at the time of publication. ×
  • Correspondence to Noëlle Uilenburg: nuilenburg@nsdsk.nl
  • Editor: Sean Redmond
    Editor: Sean Redmond×
  • Associate Editor: Filip Smolík
    Associate Editor: Filip Smolík×
Article Information
Special Populations / Cultural & Linguistic Diversity / Early Identification & Intervention / Professional Issues & Training / Language Disorders / Language / Research Notes
Research Note   |   January 22, 2018
Accuracy of a Screening Tool for Early Identification of Language Impairment
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, January 2018, Vol. 61, 104-113. doi:10.1044/2017_JSLHR-L-16-0173
History: Received April 29, 2016 , Revised September 29, 2016 , Accepted August 9, 2017
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, January 2018, Vol. 61, 104-113. doi:10.1044/2017_JSLHR-L-16-0173
History: Received April 29, 2016; Revised September 29, 2016; Accepted August 9, 2017

Purpose A screening tool called the VTO Language Screening Instrument (VTO-LSI) was developed to enable more uniform and earlier detection of language impairment. This report, consisting of 2 retrospective studies, focuses on the effects of using the VTO-LSI compared to regular detection procedures.

Method Study 1 retrospectively compared VTO-LSI with regular detection procedures. Outcome measure was the detection rate of language impairment among 24-month-old children. Data were retrieved from medical records of children attending a youth health care center. Study 2 retrospectively compared the effects of VTO-LSI and regular detection procedures on the age at referral for diagnostic investigations and the influence of sex. Data were retrieved from medical records from the speech and hearing center and analyzed with multivariate analysis of variance.

Results With the VTO-LSI, significantly more cases with language impairment were identified compared with the regular detection procedure (2.4% vs. 0.4%). In regions where the VTO-LSI was used, girls were almost 2 years younger, and boys were 1 year younger when referred to diagnostic investigations than in regions with regular detection procedures.

Conclusion The VTO-LSI was more effective than regular detection procedures.

Acknowledgment
The authors thank the youth health care organization Jeugdgezondheidszorg Kennemerland and the speech and hearing center Audiologisch Centrum Holland Noord for their cooperation and for the use of their data in this article.
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