How to Code Written Language Samples for SALT Analysis Instructions are provided for gathering, transcribing, coding, analyzing, and interpreting written language story probes using computer-assisted analysis with System Analysis of Language Transcripts (SALT; Miller & Iglesias, 2016). A language-levels model is described for coding and analysis, employing a set of standard and customized procedures for discourse-, sentence-, and sound/word-level ... Article
Article  |   February 26, 2018
How to Code Written Language Samples for SALT Analysis
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Nickola Wolf Nelson
    Professor Emerita, Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI
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  • Financial: Nickola Wolf Neslon has no financial relationship with the publishers of SALT and receives no royalties from the sales of any publications related to SALT or any of the other publications cited in this article. Procedures reported in this article were developed with the support of several grants from the U.S. Department of Education, but the opinions are the author's and not the U.S. government.
    Financial: Nickola Wolf Neslon has no financial relationship with the publishers of SALT and receives no royalties from the sales of any publications related to SALT or any of the other publications cited in this article. Procedures reported in this article were developed with the support of several grants from the U.S. Department of Education, but the opinions are the author's and not the U.S. government.×
  • Nonfinancial: Nickola Wolf Neslon has no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose.
    Nonfinancial: Nickola Wolf Neslon has no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose.×
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Development / Balance & Balance Disorders / School-Based Settings / Language Disorders / Reading & Writing Disorders / Speech, Voice & Prosody / Part 1
Article   |   February 26, 2018
How to Code Written Language Samples for SALT Analysis
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, February 2018, Vol. 3, 43-55. doi:10.1044/persp3.SIG1.43
History: Received August 11, 2017 , Revised December 3, 2017 , Accepted December 10, 2017
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, February 2018, Vol. 3, 43-55. doi:10.1044/persp3.SIG1.43
History: Received August 11, 2017; Revised December 3, 2017; Accepted December 10, 2017

Instructions are provided for gathering, transcribing, coding, analyzing, and interpreting written language story probes using computer-assisted analysis with System Analysis of Language Transcripts (SALT; Miller & Iglesias, 2016). A language-levels model is described for coding and analysis, employing a set of standard and customized procedures for discourse-, sentence-, and sound/word-level coding. Transcription, analysis, and interpretation processes are illustrated using data from over five story writing probes gathered from second through third grade for a boy with a language-based learning disability typical of dyslexia. Emphasis is placed on the importance of customizing techniques to achieve optimal, individualized balance in focus across language levels when planning intervention.

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