The Use of MLU for Identifying Language Impairment in Preschool Children A Review Clinical Consult
Clinical Consult  |   November 01, 2001
The Use of MLU for Identifying Language Impairment in Preschool Children
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Sarita L. Eisenberg
    Montclair State University, Upper Montclair, NJ
  • Tara McGovern Fersko
    Steppingstone Day School, New York, NY
  • Cheryl Lundgren
    Eliot Hospital, Manchester, NH
  • Contact author: Sarita Eisenberg, PhD, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Montclair State University, 1 Normal Avenue, Upper Montclair, NJ 07043.
    Contact author: Sarita Eisenberg, PhD, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Montclair State University, 1 Normal Avenue, Upper Montclair, NJ 07043.×
  • Corresponding author: E-mail: eisenbergs@mail.montclair.edu
  • * At the time of the study, Sarita Eisenberg was affiliated with William Patterson University in Wayne, NJ, and Cheryl Lundgren was affiliated with Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York.
    At the time of the study, Sarita Eisenberg was affiliated with William Patterson University in Wayne, NJ, and Cheryl Lundgren was affiliated with Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York.×
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Clinical Consult
Clinical Consult   |   November 01, 2001
The Use of MLU for Identifying Language Impairment in Preschool Children
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, November 2001, Vol. 10, 323-342. doi:10.1044/1058-0360(2001/028)
History: Received August 18, 2000 , Accepted March 19, 2001
 
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, November 2001, Vol. 10, 323-342. doi:10.1044/1058-0360(2001/028)
History: Received August 18, 2000; Accepted March 19, 2001
The following data were reported in an assessment of James, a boy aged 3;2 (years;months):

James scored 28 on the Auditory Comprehension Subtest of the Preschool Language Scale. This corresponds to a standard score of 90, which is less than 1 SD below the mean, and is at the 25th percentile for his age. The Expressive Communication Subtest could not be scored since James did not complete all of the items. During 15 minutes of play, James produced 28 utterances that were completely intelligible. Mean Length of Utterance was 3.16, which is 1.25 SD below the mean for his age.

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