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Review and Giveaway: Test of Semantic Reasoning (TOSR)

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Today I am reviewing a new receptive vocabulary measure for students 7-17 years of age, entitled the Test of Semantic Reasoning (TOSR) created by Beth Lawrence, MA, CCC-SLP  and Deena Seifert, MS, CCC-SLP, available via Academic Therapy Publications. The TOSR assesses the student’s semantic reasoning skills or the ability to nonverbally identify vocabulary via image analysis and […]

What do Narratives and Pediatric Psychiatric Impairments Have in Common?

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High comorbidity between language and psychiatric disorders has been well documented (Beitchman, Cohen, Konstantaras, & Tannock, 1996; Cohen, Barwick, Horodezky, Vallence, & Im, 1998; Toppelberg & Shapiro, 2000). However, a lesser known fact is that there’s also a significant under-diagnosis of language impairments in children with psychiatric disorders. In late 90’s, a study by Cohen, Barwick, Horodezky, […]

C/APD Update: New Developments on an Old Controversy

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In the past two years, I wrote a series of research-based posts (HERE and HERE) regarding the validity of (Central) Auditory Processing Disorder (C/APD) as a standalone diagnosis as well as questioned the utility of it for classification purposes in the school setting. Once again I want to reiterate that I was in no way disputing […]

Review and Giveaway of Strategies by Numbers (by SPELL-Links)

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Today I am reviewing a fairly recently released (2014) book from the Learning By Design, Inc. team entitled SPELL-Links Strategies by Numbers.   This 57 page instructional guide was created to support the implementation of the SPELL-Links to Reading and Writing Word Study Curriculum as well as to help students “use the SPELL-Links strategies anytime in any setting.’ (p. iii) Its purpose is […]

Review of the Test of Integrated Language and Literacy (TILLS)

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The Test of Integrated Language & Literacy Skills (TILLS) is an assessment of oral and written language abilities in students 6–18 years of age. Published in the Fall 2015, it is  unique in the way that it is aimed to thoroughly assess skills  such as reading fluency, reading comprehension, phonological awareness,  spelling, as well as writing  in school […]

What Research Shows About the Functional Relevance of Standardized Language Tests

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Standardized tests’ limitations

Test Review: Test of Written Language-4 (TOWL-4)

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Today due to popular demand I am reviewing the The Test of Written Language-4 or TOWL-4. TOWL-4 assesses the basic writing readiness skills of students 9:00-17:11 years of age. The tests consists of two forms – A and B, (which contain different subtest content). According to the manual, the entire test takes approximately between 60-90 minutes to administer and examines 7 skill […]

App Review and Giveaway Questions Hunt

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Today I am reviewing an app from Virtual Speech Center called Questions Hunt.  The app targets answering 60 yes/no as well as 360 WH questions (what, where, who, when, why and how) in young children with language disorders. This app is thematically based with questions in the following categories: Beach Park Store Campground Airport and […]

Review and Giveaway: Healthy Heart & Language Mart Tier II Vocabulary Words

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Last February I did a product swap and giveaway with the fabulous Rose Kesting of Speech Snacks. It was entitled “Wintertime Wellness:Language Building, Problem Solving & Reading Comprehension” and was aimed teaching students aspects of health and wellness as pertaining to the cold and flu season. This February, I am at it again, reviewing her “Healthy Heart & […]

Review: Kindergarten Language Benchmark Assessment (KLBA)

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Recently I had an opportunity to use the Kindergarten Language Benchmark Assessment published by Speech Language Literacy Lab with a classroom of kindergarten students 5-6 years of age.  The KLBA is the screening and progress monitoring tool which tracks the development of appropriate early language skills and helps support the RTI model. This tool is comprised of four […]

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