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Vehkavuori, S.-M., & Stolt, S. (2018). Screening language skills at 2;0. In Infant Behavior and Development (Vol. 50, pp. 174–179). Elsevier BV.

Screening language skills at 2;0

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Author: Vehkavuori, Suvi-Maria1; Stolt, Suvi2
Organizations: 1Faculty of Humanities, Child Language Research Center, University of Oulu, Finland
2Faculty of Medicine, Department of Psychology and Logopedics, Unit of Logopedics (Speech-Language Pathology), University of Helsinki, Finland
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Version: accepted version
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Language: English
Published: Elsevier, 2018
Publish Date: 2020-01-30


Early screening of children at risk for language difficulties is challenging. This study aimed to analyze the specificity and sensitivity of two screening methods at 2;0 years of age. In addition, the matter of what kind of information the use of word combinations and parental concern provide for screening was analyzed. The subjects were 78 children. The screening methods used were the Finnish versions of the short-form version of the MacArthur Communicative Development Inventories (FinCDI-SF) and the Communication and Symbolic Behavior Scales, Developmental Profile, Infant-Toddler Checklist (FinCSBS). The specificity and sensitivity of the screening methods were analyzed based on result of the Reynell Developmental Language Scales III. Both screening methods had high specificity but only moderate sensitivity. The use of word combinations and parental concern provided relevant information on early language development. The results imply that it is important to take into consideration receptive language development in early screening.

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Series: Infant behavior and development
ISSN: 0163-6383
ISSN-E: 1879-0453
ISSN-L: 0163-6383
Volume: 50
Pages: 174 - 179
DOI: 10.1016/j.infbeh.2018.01.001
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 616 Other humanities
Copyright information: © 2018 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license http:/