Using Language Sample Analysis to Assess Pragmatic Skills in School-Age Children and Adolescents The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition, addition of social (pragmatic) communication disorder has underscored the need for development and refinement of clinical tools to accurately identify pragmatic language deficits in clinical populations. One of the 4 required social (pragmatic) communication disorder diagnostic criteria is difficulty following ... Article
Article  |   February 26, 2018
Using Language Sample Analysis to Assess Pragmatic Skills in School-Age Children and Adolescents
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  • Geralyn R. Timler
    Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA
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Language Disorders / Social Communication & Pragmatics Disorders / Part 1
Article   |   February 26, 2018
Using Language Sample Analysis to Assess Pragmatic Skills in School-Age Children and Adolescents
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, February 2018, Vol. 3, 23-35. doi:10.1044/persp3.SIG1.23
History: Received November 22, 2017 , Accepted December 7, 2017
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, February 2018, Vol. 3, 23-35. doi:10.1044/persp3.SIG1.23
History: Received November 22, 2017; Accepted December 7, 2017

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition, addition of social (pragmatic) communication disorder has underscored the need for development and refinement of clinical tools to accurately identify pragmatic language deficits in clinical populations. One of the 4 required social (pragmatic) communication disorder diagnostic criteria is difficulty following rules for conversation and storytelling. As such, language sample collection and analysis is an important assessment tool for identification of this disorder. This tutorial describes a language sampling protocol and reviews analysis techniques for the purpose of documenting pragmatic language skills in school-age populations.

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