Assessment of Language Abilities

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  • Researchers, educators, and clinicians, including speech language pathologists, clinical and educational psychologists, pediatricians, neurologists, and neuropsychologists, conduct assessments of children's language abilities for different purposes. A researcher may assess children's language to investigate the age at which a child has acquired a specific aspect of language, possibly to determine stages or phases of acquisition or to find evidence of dissociation or association between different aspects of language (e.g., whether there is a correlation between lexical development and syntactic development), or cognitive (e.g., the relation between language development and executive functions), or motor abilities (e.g., the ability to use one's larynx to produce sounds). Educators and clinicians assess children to identify whether a child has reached a milestone that is expected based on his or her ...

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