Title

Using Technology to Screen for Developmental Language Disorders in Spanish-Speaking Preschoolers (Screening Spanish-speaking Preschooler Study)

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2013

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the use of technology (electronic tablets) to screen for Developmental Language Disorders (DLD) in Spanish-speaking preschoolers.

How accurate are electronic tablet measures (nonword repetition tasks and child language behaviors) and parent questionnaires in identifying DLD in Spanish-speaking preschoolers when compared to direct child assessment measures? Methods for this study included parent questionnaires, electronic tablet measures (child behavioral measures) and comparing these measures to direct child assessment results. Preliminary results indicate that electronic tablet measures, as well as parent surveys demonstrate promising psychometric qualities, however a larger sample is needed. Additional funding from the Mountain West Clinical Transitional Research-Infrastructure Network has been obtained to extend this project. With the larger sample, it is expected that clinical recommendations can be made about the measures tested in this study. The development of screening measures that can be delivered electronically will address numerous problems that early childhood programs face in adequately screening Spanish-speaking preschoolers, and thereby will improve health and educational disparities that this population frequently experiences.

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