21 10, 2021

SALT Research: the Rectangular Data File

2021-10-21T16:23:42-06:00October 21st, 2021|Analysis, Research|

“The RDF tool has helped my research immensely. I can quickly generate pilot data from a dozen samples or efficiently compile data from hundreds of samples at the end of the project. The tool exports data in spreadsheets compatible with the main software tools that [...]

21 09, 2021

Dynamic Language Assessment: When You Need More Than Standardized Tests

2021-09-21T16:32:01-06:00September 21st, 2021|Assessment, LSA process, Reporting and monitoring|

ASHA has a great article on dynamic assessment which gives a clear definition of dynamic assessment:  “Dynamic assessment (DA) is a method of conducting a language assessment which seeks to identify the skills that an individual child possesses as well as their learning potential. The [...]

13 08, 2021

Language Sample Analysis for Adult Neurogenic Populations

2021-08-18T13:41:02-06:00August 13th, 2021|Analysis, Assessment, LSA process|

Last month we talked about SALT and language sample analysis (LSA) for very young children. Typically, we think of language sample analysis as a tool for evaluating children. The truth is, language sample analysis should be a part of every evaluation where we are targeting [...]

10 07, 2021

SALT for Preschoolers

2021-07-10T14:27:42-06:00July 10th, 2021|Analysis, Assessment, LSA process, Reporting and monitoring|

Did you know that SALT is a great tool to use when assessing very young children?  Many users think of SALT as a tool for school-aged children. While SALT does offer several databases for school-aged children, language sample analysis should also be in every clinician’s [...]

2 06, 2021

The Awkward Pause

2021-06-02T12:49:04-06:00June 2nd, 2021|Analysis, Assessment, Reporting and monitoring, Solving barriers to implementation, Transcription|

Should I include pauses in my transcript? The Awkward Pause! We’ve all been there. Maybe the awkward pause was during a casual conversation with a friend, or when you were talking to someone new at a party and ran out of interesting things to say. [...]

19 04, 2021

Language Samples and Dialect

2021-04-20T15:51:02-06:00April 19th, 2021|Analysis, Assessment, Solving barriers to implementation, Transcription|

  Background The way we talk is a window into who we are, where we came from, and how others perceive us. When I moved to the Pacific Northwest (PNW) the locals thought I had an accent. Some vocabulary words are different in the PNW. [...]

26 02, 2021

Mazes and Abandoned Utterances: Why They Matter

2021-02-26T09:33:05-06:00February 26th, 2021|Analysis, Assessment, Solving barriers to implementation, Transcription|

You may have noticed that some methods of language sample analysis ask you to include mazes in transcription, while others do not. SALT does ask you to include mazes. Have you ever wondered why? Perhaps you had the sneaking suspicion that, if some protocols exclude [...]

29 01, 2021

It Makes a Difference: Tips for Eliciting a Valid Sample That Doesn’t Go Rogue!

2021-01-29T09:16:54-06:00January 29th, 2021|Analysis, Elicitation, LSA process, Solving barriers to implementation|

Dressed in my “clinic outfit” in the modest room with the oversized two-way mirror, I’m ready to record. I have been instructed to elicit a conversational language sample from my client. My supervisor is behind that mirror. How hard can it be to get this [...]

16 12, 2020

Fifty Utterances? The Why’s and How’s of Language Sample Length

2021-01-28T10:00:55-06:00December 16th, 2020|Analysis, Assessment, Elicitation, LSA process|

When you learned about language sample analysis in grad school, you probably heard that sample length may vary but that you should aim for about fifty utterances. In the “olden days” we were shooting for 15 minutes or 100 utterances; whichever came first. I’ll gloat: [...]

3 11, 2020

An SLP in the Age of COVID: Why I Think It’s All Going to Be OK

2021-01-28T11:55:34-06:00November 3rd, 2020|Assessment, LSA process, Solving barriers to implementation|

This has been a challenging fall to say the least. We have all been thrown into remote learning or a hybrid version of school. Tensions are high among parents wanting their kids back in school and teachers wanting to be back in school as well. [...]