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  • Opportunities to Combine LENA Recording Technology and SALT

    Nov 16 2018

    Dr. Kimbrough Oller Professor and Plough Chair of Excellence The University of Memphis School of Communication Sciences and Disorders The technology produced by the LENA Foundation for all-day recording in the home with a battery-powered device worn in infants' and children's clothing has added a major new method to the study of the acquisition of language. There has been a great deal of emph...

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  • Understanding SALT Measures: Standard Deviation

    Oct 10 2018

    So there is this odd thing that happens once in a while when you are using SALT: a measure comes back with a seemingly nonsensical standard deviation (SD) value. We’ve seen them come in as low as 21 SDs below the mean. And it’s not a mistake. Why does this happen? Is there anything valuable you can learn from this result? How can you report this result (for example on an IEP report) in a meanin...

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  • Getting By: How language sample analysis can reveal the challenges of language in the classroom

    Apr 30 2018

    Another evaluation! Starting an evaluation can be a daunting task. You may have a vague idea of the language deficits of the student being referred; for example, you may have been told that the student offers minimal information during classroom discussions. He or she may be described as “getting by” in the classroom. As part of a comprehensive assessment, particularly where spoken language is ...

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