Comparison of language sample analysis through tele-mode sampling versus in-person mode sampling

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Authors: Vellithiruthi T Aaruni, Arya Geetha, and Savitha V Hariharan
Page Range: 55-62
Published in: International Journal on Disability and Human Development, Volume 23 Issue 1
ISSN: 2191-1231

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ABSTRACT

One of the services in tele-assessment in the field of speech-language pathology is language sample analysis (LSA), which is the process of obtaining language samples from clients through different contexts and analyzing the components of language in detail. This study aimed to compare the samples collected through tele-mode and in-person mode for language sample analysis. Language samples were collected from twenty children with developmental language disorders in the age range of three to six years. Each participant went for two recordings; in-person mode and in the tele-mode. Collected samples were then transcribed verbatim and analyzed for sixteen language parameters. The findings showed no difference in language measures between these modes, so we believe tele-mode language sampling can be used as an alternative to in-person mode. Researchers should continue to develop and validate remote methods for assessing child speech and language disorders, to improve access to intervention during pandemic like COVID-19.

Keywords: Developmental language disorder, in-person mode, language sample analysis, syntactic measures, pragmatic measures, semantic measures, speech and language pathology, tele-mode

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