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Language sample analysis: a powerful tool in the school setting


Calder, S and Stirling, C and Glisson, L and Goerke, A and Kilpatrick, T and Koch, L and Taylor, A and Wells, R and Claessen, M, Language sample analysis: a powerful tool in the school setting, Journal of Clinical Practice in Speech-Language Pathology, 19, (2) pp. 66-71. ISSN 2200-0259 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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Language sample analysis is a useful method of evaluating children’s language performance. Computer-aided systems such as Systematic Analysis of Language Transcription (SALT) can serve to alleviate constraints clinicians face when analysing language samples to inform clinical decision-making. This article describes an initiative undertaken by a team of speech-language pathologists in a school context to enhance the efficiency and comprehensiveness of analysis of a narrative retell task in a sample of 131 children with developmental language disorder, using SALT. We report on the practicality of using SALT in this school context, and reflect on our experiences using the tool. We conclude that SALT is a valuable, evidence-based tool that enhances intervention planning and outcome measurement within the school-based clinical setting, and offers insights into future directions involving the use of systematic analysis of language transcripts within teams.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:developmental language disorder, language sample analysis, narrative, SALT, school
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Allied health and rehabilitation science
Research Field:Speech pathology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Clinical health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Calder, S (Dr Samuel Calder)
ID Code:149416
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2022-03-29
Last Modified:2022-04-22
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