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Validation of an Oral Language Assessment Tool (OLA) for Latino English Language Learners at Risk of Language Impairment

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In collaboration with Head Start centers in California, San Diego State University will seek to validate an oral language assessment tool for Latino Spanish-speaking children. Specifically, this study will focus on whether children with a disability such as language impairment (LI) have disproportionably more difficulties with verbs of increasing number of arguments than age- and language- matched peers in both Spanish and English. Participants for the study will include 120 Latino English Language Learners with and without a LI who are currently enrolled in Head Start. Children's production of verb arguments will be measured using a picture verb naming task, a picture description task, and a sentence repetition task. Results of the study are expected to provide Head Start teachers with an assessment tool to screen Latino children with special language needs.
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