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Can early years professionals determine which preschoolers have comprehension delays? A comparison of two screening tools

Seager, E., Abbot-Smith, Kirsten (2017) Can early years professionals determine which preschoolers have comprehension delays? A comparison of two screening tools. Child Language Teaching and Therapy, 33 (1). pp. 67-79. ISSN 0265-6590. E-ISSN 1477-0865. (doi:10.1177/0265659016650977)

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Abstract

Language comprehension delays in pre-schoolers are predictive of difficulties in a range of developmental domains. In England, early years setting staff are required to assess the language comprehension of two-year-olds in their care. Many use a format based on the Early Years Foundation Stage My Unique Child (EYFS:UCCS ) in which the child’s language comprehension is assigned to an age band based on written guidance. Seventy 2½-3-year-olds were assessed on the comprehension component of the Preschool Language Scale (PLS) by psychology graduates. Early years practitioners assessed language comprehension in the same children using the EYFS:UCCS and the WellComm which involves some direct testing. The EYFS:UCCS had poor sensitivity and specificity and the understanding section did not correlate with the PLS. The WellComm had good-acceptable levels of sensitivity and specificity and significantly correlated with the PLS. Early years setting staff can accurately assess the language comprehension of two-year-olds if provided with a tool which gives specific instructions on administration, but current frequently used procedures (EYFS:UCCS) are not fit for this purpose.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1177/0265659016650977
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF41 Psychology and philosophy
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology > Developmental Psychology
Depositing User: Kirsten Abbot-Smith
Date Deposited: 27 Apr 2016 09:24 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 17:16 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/55161 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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