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Clinical Archives of Communication Disorders 2022;7(1): 15-28. doi: https://doi.org/10.21849/cacd.2022.00703
Language sample analysis consideration and use: a survey of school-based speech language pathologists
Rebecca Bawayan1, Jennifer A. Brown2
1Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, Moravian University, Bethlehem, PA, USA
2Department of Communication Sciences and Special Education, University of Georgia, Athens, GA, USA
Correspondence  Rebecca Bawayan ,Tel: +610-625-7233, Fax: +610-625-7201, Email: bawayanr@moravian.edu
Received: March 11, 2022; Revised: April 28, 2022   Accepted: April 28, 2022.  Published online: April 30, 2022.
ABSTRACT
Purpose
The purpose of the current study was to extend previous knowledge on the language sample analysis (LSA) practices of school-based speech-language pathologists (SLPs) by gathering information on the processes, procedures, clinical judgments, and decisions that current school-based SLPs make during the context of conducting an LSA.
Methods
School-based SLPs responded to a survey on current practices, perceived knowledge, knowledge of current recommended practices, and education and training in LSA.
Results
Results indicated the majority of school-based SLPs used LSA (90%) during evaluations to supplement information provided on norm-referenced tests and as a naturalistic language measure. However, the results also demonstrate a lack of knowledge of current recommended practices. The respondents, on average, only answered 50% of the knowledge questions correctly.
Conclusions
Participant responses to knowledge and practice questions indicated a continued gap in current LSA practice including the context of collected samples, the transcription and recording process, and the analysis measures completed. Additionally, the results indicated a need to look closely at the undergraduate and graduate curriculum on LSA as the respondents indicated the largest amount of education and training coming from these programs.
Keywords: Language sample analysis, School-based SLP, Assessment, Language disorders, Survey
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