Language assessment for children with a range of neurodevelopmental disorders across four languages in South Africa

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dc.contributor.author Romski, MaryAnn
dc.contributor.author Bornman, Juan, 1968-
dc.contributor.author Sevcik, Rose A.
dc.contributor.author Tonsing, Kerstin Monika
dc.contributor.author Barton-Hulsey, Andrea
dc.contributor.author Morwane, Refilwe
dc.contributor.author Whitmore, Ani
dc.contributor.author White, Robyn
dc.date.accessioned 2018-06-26T08:55:45Z
dc.date.available 2018-06-26T08:55:45Z
dc.date.issued 2018-05
dc.description.abstract PURPOSE : The purpose of this study is (a) to examine the applicability of a culturally and linguistically adapted measure to assess the receptive and expressive language skills of children with neurodevelopmental disorders (NDDs) in South Africa and then (b) to explore the contributions of 2 additional language measures. METHOD : In Part 1, 100 children with NDD who spoke Afrikaans, isiZulu, Setswana, or South African English were assessed on the culturally and linguistically adapted Mullen Scales of Early Learning (MSEL). Clinicians independently rated the children's language skills on a 3-point scale. In Part 2, the final 20 children to be recruited participated in a caregiver-led interaction, after which the caregiver completed a rating scale about their perceptions of their children's language. RESULTS : Performance on the MSEL was consistent with clinician-rated child language skills. The 2 additional measures confirmed and enriched the description of the child's performance on the MSEL. CONCLUSIONS : The translated MSEL and the supplemental measures successfully characterize the language profiles and related skills in children with NDD in multilingual South Africa. Together, these assessment tools can serve a valuable function in guiding the choice of intervention and also may serve as a way to monitor progress. en_ZA
dc.description.department Centre for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (CAAC) en_ZA
dc.description.librarian hj2018 en_ZA
dc.description.sponsorship The National Institutes of Health Fogarty International Center grant number TW-008999 to MaryAnn Romski. en_ZA
dc.description.uri http://ajslp.asha.org en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Romski, M., Bornman, J., Sevcik, R.A. et al. 2018, 'Language assessment for children with a range of neurodevelopmental disorders across four languages in South Africa', American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, vol. 27, no. 2, pp. 602-615. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 1058-0360 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 1558-9110 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.1044/2017_AJSLP-17-0035
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/65244
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher American Speech Language Hearing Association en_ZA
dc.rights © 2018 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association en_ZA
dc.subject Neurodevelopmental disorder (NDD) en_ZA
dc.subject Children en_ZA
dc.subject South Africa (SA) en_ZA
dc.subject Receptive language skills en_ZA
dc.subject Expressive language skills en_ZA
dc.subject Mullen scales of early learning (MSEL) en_ZA
dc.subject Language assessment en_ZA
dc.subject Early childhood intervention en_ZA
dc.subject Epidemiology en_ZA
dc.subject Disabilities en_ZA
dc.title Language assessment for children with a range of neurodevelopmental disorders across four languages in South Africa en_ZA
dc.type Postprint Article en_ZA


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