Expanding the Repertoire of Tools and Techniques for Assessing the Communication Skills of Infants and Toddlers In recent years, professionals and families alike have expressed dissatisfaction over the tools and techniques used to evaluate and assess the communication skills of infants and toddlers (Campione, 1989; Crais, 1992a, 1993; Neisworth & Bagnato, 1992; Wetherby & Prizant, 1992). These dissatisfactions are often the result of a number of ... Clinical Focus
Clinical Focus  |   August 01, 1995
Expanding the Repertoire of Tools and Techniques for Assessing the Communication Skills of Infants and Toddlers
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Elizabeth R. Crais
    The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Contact author: Elizabeth R. Crais, PhD, Division of Speech & Hearing Sciences, CB 7190, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7190
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Clinical Focus
Clinical Focus   |   August 01, 1995
Expanding the Repertoire of Tools and Techniques for Assessing the Communication Skills of Infants and Toddlers
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, August 1995, Vol. 4, 47-59. doi:10.1044/1058-0360.0403.47
History: Received June 29, 1993 , Accepted February 13, 1995
 
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, August 1995, Vol. 4, 47-59. doi:10.1044/1058-0360.0403.47
History: Received June 29, 1993; Accepted February 13, 1995

In recent years, professionals and families alike have expressed dissatisfaction over the tools and techniques used to evaluate and assess the communication skills of infants and toddlers (Campione, 1989; Crais, 1992a, 1993; Neisworth & Bagnato, 1992; Wetherby & Prizant, 1992). These dissatisfactions are often the result of a number of features that characterize many standardized tools and the limitations inherent in their use. In addition, ideas related to the ecological framework within which assessment should take place have altered our thinking about both the context and procedures employed. This article discusses several of the issues related to the growing dissatisfaction with current assessment tools and provides an overview of tools and techniques developed within the last several years that address some of these issues.

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