Utility of a Language Screening Measure for Predicting Risk for Language Impairment in Bilinguals

This study evaluated the accuracy of an experimental version of the Bilingual English Spanish Oral Screener (BESOS) for predicting the long-term risk for language impairment (LI) for a matched group of preschool-aged Spanish–English bilingual children with and without LI. The linear combination of the semantics and morphosyntax scores in the best language resulted in predictive sensitivity of 95.2% and predictive specificity of 71.4%, with an overall accuracy of 81% for predicting risk for LI. The authors concluded a bilingual language screener administered before kindergarten can be useful for predicting risk for LI in bilingual children in 1st grade.

Lugo-Neris, Mirza J., Pena, Elizabeth D., Bedore, Lisa M., and Gillam, Rondald B. (2015). Utility of a Language Screening Measure for Predicting Risk for Language Impairment in Bilinguals. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology. doi:10.1044/2015_AJSLP-14-0061

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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