Differentiating children with and without language impairment based on grammaticality

Two groups of 3-year-olds, 17 with language impairment and 17 with typical language, participated in a picture description task. Percentage Grammatical Utterance (PGU), Percentage Sentence Point (PSP), and Percentage Verb Tense Usage (PVT) were computed. PGU, PSP, and PVT were all sensitive to language impairment. However, PGU was less likely than PSP and PVT to misclassify children with typical language. The resultant diagnostic accuracy makes PGU an appropriate measure to use to screen for language impairment.

Eisenberg, Sarita L. & Guo, Ling-Yu. (2013). Differentiating children with and without language impairment based on grammaticality. Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, 44, 20-31.

About rickyWburk

Ricky W. Burk, CCC-SLP, BCS-F, is a speech-language pathologist who provides in-home therapy for adolescents and adults residing in Tennessee and Mississippi who stutter. His career includes PreK, elementary, middle, and high school practice, undergraduate & graduate faculty appointments, skilled nursing, national & international consultation, private practice, and national & international speaking presentations. He holds the American Speech-Language Hearing Association Certificate of Clinical Competence, and he is a Board Certified Specialist in Fluency Disorders. He is the ASHA Continuing Education Administrator for the National Association for Speech Fluency.
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