SALT is clinical software for assessing language acquisition and disorders through the analysis of language samples. The software includes a transcription editor, standard reports, and reference databases for age or grade-matched comparisons.
A PDF copy of the SALT Reference Book is included with the software (accessed from the Help menu). A printed copy of this book (USA version) may be purchased separately.
The software is licensed for a single user. Large volume discounts and site licenses for school districts are available. Contact [email protected] for a price quote.
SALT is clinical software for assessing language acquisition and disorders through the use of language samples. The software includes a transcription editor, standard reports, and reference databases for age and grade-matched comparisons.
SALT for Windows® and Mac computers. SALT was developed as Windows software. To provide a version of SALT which runs on Mac computers, we partnered with CodeWeavers, Inc. Using Code Weavers' CrossOver software, SALT for Windows is installed inside a virtual Windows environment. This version looks and runs a lot like any other Mac program although you may notice a slight delay when it starts up and you will notice a difference in the file system. But the best news is, there's no Windows license required; everything you need is included with the software.
Includes the SALT Reference Book as a PDF file accessed from the Help menu
The SALT Reference Book provides the conceptual background of language sample analysis, practical guidelines for using SALT, and extensive appendices for quick reference to all the database protocols, transcription conventions, special coding, and more. A PDF copy of this book (USA version) is included with the software. A printed copy of this book (USA version) is available as a separate product.
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Shortly after purchase, you will receive an email with download instructions and a product key for the software. This software is licensed for a single user.
What are the steps to using the software?
Elicit a language sample: Although there are guidelines to follow when collecting a sample, there are no restrictions as to the sampling context, the number of speakers, or the length of the sample. Language samples are typically recorded, either audio only or audio/video. There is extensive help built into SALT, with suggestions for collecting language samples that are representative of the speaker's language and can be compared to age-matched peers selected from the SALT reference databases. The free online training has this and more, including video elicitation examples.
Transcribe the language sample: Type the transcript into the computer using some type of controlled playback system and following the SALT transcript-entry conventions. An easy-to-use editor is included as part of the SALT software for typing in the transcript and checking it for transcript-entry errors. There is help built into SALT, with explanations of all the transcript-entry conventions. The free online training, however, is the place to go to learn how to transcribe.
Calculate standard measures and compare to typical peers: Select from a variety of standard analyses. Compare your transcript to a database of normative language samples. An individual may be matched on age, grade, gender, sampling context, and transcript length. Matched records are selected from the database and mean, range, and standard deviation statistics are given for many of the analysis variables. There is help built into SALT with descriptions of all the reports and all the variables. The free online training contains several courses focusing on analysis.
Select the Performance Report: This is your personal report-writing assistant, generating customized text to cut and paste into your reports.
Select from a variety of other reports. Choose reports to provide further detail and to support the outcomes identified in the Performance Report.