Journal article

Dynamic Assessment of Sentence Structure (DASS): design and evaluation of a novel procedure for the assessment of syntax in children with language impairments

Natalie Hasson, Barbara Dodd, Nicola Botting

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF LANGUAGE & COMMUNICATION DISORDERS | WILEY | Published : 2012

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Sentence construction and syntactic organization are known to be poor in children with specific language impairments (SLI), but little is known about the way in which children with SLI approach language tasks, and static standardized tests contribute little to the differentiation of skills within the population of children with language impairments (LI). Information about the nature and intensity of prompts that facilitate sentence construction for a particular child may be useful in planning effective intervention. AIMS: This paper describes the development of a dynamic assessment (DA) task which requires implicit knowledge of syntactic structure. The aim was to formulate a vali..

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