Using computerized language analysis to evaluate grammatical skills

Lizbeth H. Finestack, Bobbi Rohwer, Lisa Hilliard, Leonard Abbeduto

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Purpose: Conducting in-depth grammatical analyses based on language samples can be time consuming. Developmental Sentence Scoring (DSS) and the Index of Productive Syntax (IPSyn) analyses provide detailed information regarding the grammatical profiles of children and can be conducted using free computer-based software. Here, we provide a tutorial to support clinicians’ use of computer-based analyses to aid diagnosis and develop and monitor treatment goals. Method: We analyzed language samples of a 5-year-old with developmental language disorder and an adolescent with Down syndrome using computer-based software, Computerized Language Analysis. We focused on DSS and IPSyn analyses. The tutorial includes step-by-step procedures for conducting the analyses. We also illustrate how the analyses may be used to assist in diagnosis, develop treatment goals focused on grammatical targets, and monitor progress on these treatment goals. Conclusion: Clinicians should consider using Computerized Language Analysis’s IPSyn and DSS analyses to support grammatical language assessments used to aid diagnosis, develop treatment goals, and monitor progress on these treatment goals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)184-204
Number of pages21
JournalLanguage, speech, and hearing services in schools
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2020

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Portions of this work were supported by Grants R03DC011365 (L. Finestack), R01HD024356 (L. Abbeduto), R01HD074346 (L. Abbeduto), and U54HD079125 (L. Abbeduto) awarded from the National Institutes of Health. Special thanks to Hannah Eldridge for her assistance in running Computerized Language Analysis analyses.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2020 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

PubMed: MeSH publication types

  • Journal Article
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural


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