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Narrative Assessments of Preschool, School-Aged, and Adolescent Children

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This 108 slide presentation explains how to assess narrative abilities of preschool, school-aged, and adolescent children

The learning objectives for the presentation are as follows:

  1. Explain the impact of narrative difficulties on language development and academic performance
  2. List standardized and clinical instruments that can be used to elicit narratives in children of various ages
  3. Identify specific elements of narrative assessment
  4. Discuss stages of narrative development in preschool, school-aged and adolescent children
  5. Formulate measurable goals and objectives targeting narrative skills

The slides include information on the following:

  • Changes in terminology pertaining to language disorders
  • Storytelling as the integration of multiple skills
  • How many SLPs actually perform narrative assessments?
  • Why assess narrative abilities?
  • The Value of Narratives
  • Narrative Abilities and Social Communication Competence
  • Narrative Abilities and Reading Development
  • Types of Narratives: Hedberg and Westby (1993)
  • Types of narratives sensitive to narrative competence
  • Review of the following Standardized/Normed Tests
    • Renfrew Bus Story (Cowley & Glasgow, 1994)
    •  The Strong Narrative Assessment Procedure (SNAP) (Strong, 1998)
    • Test of Narrative Language-2 (TNL-2) (Gillam & Pearson, 2004)
    •  Narrative Assessment Protocol (NAP) (Pence, Justice, & Gosse, 2007)*
    • CUBED Assessment (Petersen & Spencer, 2016)*
    • Edmonton Narrative Norms Instrument (ENNI)
    • Systematic Analysis of Language Transcripts (SALT)
    • Clinical Narrative Assessment
    • Advantages of clinical narrative assessment
    • Elicitation methods for clinical narratives
    • Sample materials
    • What do narratives reveal?
    • Assessment Procedures
    • Major Narrative Elements
      • Microstructure
      • Macrostructure
  • Analyzing Microstructure: Content Form and Use
  • How does Word Finding Relate to Narrative Production
  • Macrostructure (Story Grammar)
  • Evidence of Perspective Taking in Narratives
  • Perspective Taking Vocabulary
  • Narrative Stages: from Heaps to Sophisticated Narratives
    • Episodic Structure from Preschool through School Age (Hughes, McGillivray, & Schmidek (1997)
    • Select case studies (4.5, 6, and a 9 year old)
    • Adolescent language sampling
    • What makes discourse sophisticated?
    • Assessment of Abstract Vocabulary
    • Adolescent syntax
    •  Adolescent discourse and pragmatics
      • Adolescent Use of Abstract Nouns
      • Adolescent Use of Metacognitive Verbs
      • Conversational sampling
      • Oral expository task
      • Peer Conflict resolution tasks
      • More on microstructure (T-Units)
  • Writing Measurable Goals
  • Prompts vs. Cues
  • Types of Prompts
  • Types of Cues
  • Levels of Support
  • Making Goals Measurable
    • Microstructure Goals Examples
    • Macrostructure Goals Examples
  • Conclusion
  • Select FREE Resources
  • Helpful Smart Speech Therapy Resources

Please note that with the purchase of this packet a detailed list of references as well as narrative samples of children with language disorders is available upon request FREE of CHARGE via email 

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1 review for Narrative Assessments of Preschool, School-Aged, and Adolescent Children

  1. Communication Station: Speech Therapy, PLLC (verified owner)

    72 pages of information on ways to assess narratives for PK and School-age kiddos. I really like this presentation for so many reasons:
    1. explanation of why assessing narratives is important even at PK age and what deficits in this area could indicate
    2. FREE resources to use when assessing narratives
    3. Different tests descriptions and their limitations
    4. How to actually assess language samples for narrative assessment. What are we looking for? What does it say about our client? It’s all in this presentation.

    My Favorite thing about this presentation: The quick reference appendix at the end of the PPT. I am planning on this printing these out TODAY and using them this week for my kiddos!!!

    So great! Worth every penny! AND its on sale now so GRAB it!!!!

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