Myths and Realities of Language Sample Analysis While language sample analysis (LSA) is frequently recommended for assessing children’s language skills, many speech-language pathologists do not use it regularly. This article reviewed key issues surrounding clinical use of LSA to provide clinicians with a realistic overview of the process and encourage increased use of LSA in clinical practice. ... Article
Article  |   March 01, 2010
Myths and Realities of Language Sample Analysis
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  • John J. Heilmann
    East Carolina University, Greenville, NC
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Cultural & Linguistic Diversity / Language Disorders / Articles
Article   |   March 01, 2010
Myths and Realities of Language Sample Analysis
SIG 1 Perspectives on Language Learning and Education, March 2010, Vol. 17, 4-8. doi:10.1044/lle17.1.4
SIG 1 Perspectives on Language Learning and Education, March 2010, Vol. 17, 4-8. doi:10.1044/lle17.1.4
Abstract

While language sample analysis (LSA) is frequently recommended for assessing children’s language skills, many speech-language pathologists do not use it regularly. This article reviewed key issues surrounding clinical use of LSA to provide clinicians with a realistic overview of the process and encourage increased use of LSA in clinical practice.

Acknowledgments
Special thanks to the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and the College of Allied Health Sciences at East Carolina University for allowing the flexibility to pursue research and refine clinical expertise in language sampling and analysis. Note: I am not financially associated with any language sampling software program; I’m just an SLP who wants to promote and advance the use of naturalistic assessment in clinical services.
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