The articles in this issue address the potential for language sample analysis (LSA) to help identify spoken and written language difficulties, determine important therapeutic goals, and effectively monitor treatment progress when working with individuals who are at risk for or have been identified with a language disorder. They also shed light on many shortcomings of conventional LSA and associated measures, while offering suggestions for overcoming at least some of these shortcomings using novel approaches and measures. First, Eisenberg discusses three underused LSA measures for morphosyntactic competence, an area of great importance for SLPs working with children. Then, Lundine describes elicitation and analysis of expository discourse, which is often neglected in favor of using LSA with conversational or narrative discourse. Next, Spencer, Bryant, and Colyvas describe how variability due to time and sample length affect reliability of LSA measures and offer readers a means of determining if within-individual changes are due to substantive growth due to treatment or simply normal variation. Following that, two papers focus on the use of LSA with bilingual children. Ebert describes how LSA might be employed for the identification of developmental language disorder in bilingual children, while Guiberson reports data regarding the associations among alternative LSA measures—clinician-reported and parent–reported longest utterance(s), traditional LSA measures, and a norm-referenced language test in a sample of preschool bilingual children. The last article by Scott centers on LSA of writing samples in school-age children and adolescents.
Sarah E. Wallace, Ph.D., Co-Editor
Gary A. Troia, PhD, Co-Editor
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CHANGES IN CONTINUING EDUCATION PROCEDURES—AND SPECIAL RATE FOR SUBSCRIBERS
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