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ERIC Number: EJ1415067
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2024
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0896-3746
EISSN: EISSN-1550-5081
Early Identification of Developmental Language Delay: Feasibility of a Parent Questionnaire for Early Identification
Carin H. Wiefferink; Conja Adriaanse; Margot van Denderen; Carla van Schie; Noëlle N. Uilenburg
Infants and Young Children, v37 n1 p36-47 2024
Despite the importance of identifying children with developmental language delay, no accurate screening instruments are available for 3-year-olds. The aim of the present study is to compare the accuracy of the General Language Screen (GLS), focusing on receptive and expressive language and intelligibility with the accuracy of the VTO Language Screening Instrument (VTO-LSI)-3-year, focusing on expressive language and intelligibility. We hypothesize that the GLS is more accurate in identifying children with language delay, because it also assesses receptive language. Ninety-seven 3-year-old children were included based on their language screening score at the age of 2. At the age of 3, children were assessed with the VTO-LSI-3-year and the GLS. Diagnostic tests were used as reference tests. The GLS was better than the VTO-LSI-3-year in identifying children with language delay. Receiver operating characteristic analysis of the discriminative power showed higher areas under the receiver operating characteristic curve for the GLS. Moreover, the GLS was better in detecting receptive language concerns. Given these results the GLS may serve as a reliable screening tool, especially for children with receptive problems. Because receptive language problems are persistent, early diagnosis and intervention is very important for these children.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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