E. Test of Receptive and Expressive Language Abilities – Preliminary data of Greek preschool age children
Vogindroukas, I., Grigoriadou, E. Test of Receptive and Expressive Language Abilities – Preliminary data of Greek preschool age children, 28ο Congress IALP, 22-26 August 2010, Athens
Introduction and aims of the study The Test of Receptive and Expressive Language Abilities (Vogindroukas, Grigoriadou 2009) is an evaluation test for pupils with language and communication difficulties. The goal of the test is the determining of the problematic developing language issues in children with communication disorders and the use of the results in order to plan the therapeutic schedule. The structure of the test follows the developmental stages of typically developing children and it consists of six developmental parts. The first part is the Preverbal stage which focuses on the play abilities and social communication abilities, the second part is the One Word stage, which focuses on cognitive abilities regarding the functional level of the child, the third part is the Two Words stage, which focuses on the receptive and expressive language level, the next part is the Three Words stage and the last two parts are the Early Grammar stage and the Advance Grammar stage which are focus on the specific features of Greek Grammar and on fields of language as pragmatics abilities and narratives. Into the stages are inserted a number of cognitive abilities such as knowledge of colors, of sizes, classification of concepts and reasoning skills. Methods: The Test of Receptive and Expressive Language Abilities was used with two groups of typical developing children. The first group was 60 children with average age 4,3 years and the second group was 100 children with average age 5,5 years Results:. In general all the items of the test are answered by the sample of the study. Some difficulties were founded in the narrative ability, passive voice expression, in use of “beside” and “between” and in the use of third declination of singular number.
Conclusions: The benefits of the test are discussed and also a case study report is presented.