Language Assessment With Adolescents The issues surrounding language assessment with adolescents seem to involve three important questions: A discussion in response to these core assessment issues is presented to enhance the clinician’s perspective on his/her role related to service delivery for adolescents. For many years speech-language pathologists and others have assumed that ... Article
Article  |   May 01, 1998
Language Assessment With Adolescents
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  • Sandra Tattershall
    Language & Learning Center, Florence, KY
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Article   |   May 01, 1998
Language Assessment With Adolescents
SIG 1 Perspectives on Language Learning and Education, May 1998, Vol. 5, 13-18. doi:10.1044/lle5.1.13
SIG 1 Perspectives on Language Learning and Education, May 1998, Vol. 5, 13-18. doi:10.1044/lle5.1.13
The issues surrounding language assessment with adolescents seem to involve three important questions:
A discussion in response to these core assessment issues is presented to enhance the clinician’s perspective on his/her role related to service delivery for adolescents.
For many years speech-language pathologists and others have assumed that we should work at assessing and intervening in the language development of children up to adolescence, and beyond that, we can have little effect on development. Therefore, many school systems have not identified or served students beyond sixth grade. It is often more difficult to provide services to adolescents, a fact which might contribute to the paucity of programs offered at this age level. Schedules in middle schools and high schools are more complicated than those for younger students. Teachers are not always as available to speech-language pathologists, and fear of being singled out from their classmates causes many adolescents to opt out of recommended services. Perhaps because of persistent assumptions that little can be done to affect change within the adolescent period and the assumed difficulties in attempting to do so, there continue to be few services provided for adolescents. There is, however, a continued need for attention to speech and language at this level.
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