ERIC Number: ED075066
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Screening and Assessment of Young Children.
Friedlander, Bernard Z.
Most language development hazards in infancy and early childhood fall into the categories of auditory impairment, central integrative dysfunction, inadequate environmental support, and peripheral expressive impairment. Existing knowledge and techniques are inadequate to meet the screening and assessment problems of central integrative dysfunction, inadequate environmental support, and severe auditory impairment. Current theory strongly suggests that a continuum of language and related information-processing central dysfunctions underly a broad spectrum of psychological developmental disabilities. Within this continuum are many categories associated with disorders of language development in which it is difficult to distinguish causes and effects. Language dysfunction in its more subtle forms is probably more widespread among children than is commonly recognized. Audiometry and optometry are helpful in evaluating only the first-stage sensory impediments to effective central information-processing operations. Present assessment instruments, including observational inventories, visual perception tests, and language performance tests, are generally too primitive to detect the subtleties of underlying dysfunctions in language development. New assessment methods are very expensive, but major support should be given to accelerating their development. (KM)
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Authoring Institution: Hartford Univ., West Hartford, CT. Dept. of Psychology.; Children's Hospital Medical Center, Boston, MA.
Note: Notes on Language for the President's Committee on Mental Retardation Planning Conference