- Benavides et al. found the Tamiz de Problemas del Lenguaje (TPL) screener identified language disorders in Spanish-speaking children with good specificity and sensitivity. The new tool, available in Spanish only, can be used to screen syntactic development in Spanish-speaking children with minimal exposure to English.
- Conners et al. found that receptive vocabulary scores of adolescents (ages 10–21) with Down syndrome increased over 2 years, while expressive vocabulary improved in early adolescence, but plateaued later. The results highlight the importance of maximizing vocabulary instruction for adolescents with Down syndrome.
- Moncrieff et al. found that nearly half of teenagers in a juvenile detention center in Pennsylvania failed a language screener—still more evidence that poor (and often untreated) communication skills are closely linked to “problem” behavior in adolescents.
Benavides, A. A., Kapantzoglou, M., & Murata, C. (2018). Two grammatical tasks for screening language abilities in Spanish-speaking children. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology. Advance online publication. doi:10.1044/2017_AJSLP-17-0052.
Conners, F. A., Tungate, A. S., Abbeduto, L., Merrill, E. C., & Faught, G. G. (2018). Growth and decline in language and phonological memory over two years among adolescents with Down syndrome. American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 123(2), 103-118. doi:10.1352/1944-7558-123.2.103.
Moncrieff, D., Miller, E., & Hill, E. (2018). Screening Tests Reveal High Risk Among Adjudicated Adolescents of Auditory Processing and Language Disorders. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research. Advance online publication. doi:10.1044/2017_JSLHR-H-17-0098.