Concurrent Validity of a Parent Survey Measuring Communication Skills of Spanish Speaking Preschoolers with and without Delayed Language Purpose: The primary objective of the current study was to examine the concurrent validity of a pilot version the Inventario-III (Pilot INV-III) involving parents of Spanish speaking preschoolers with and without delayed language (DL). Method: Fifteen parents of 3 year old children participated. Twelve children were typically developing (TD), while ... Article
Article  |   October 01, 2008
Concurrent Validity of a Parent Survey Measuring Communication Skills of Spanish Speaking Preschoolers with and without Delayed Language
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  • Mark Guiberson
    University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO
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Article   |   October 01, 2008
Concurrent Validity of a Parent Survey Measuring Communication Skills of Spanish Speaking Preschoolers with and without Delayed Language
Perspectives on Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations, October 2008, Vol. 15, 73-81. doi:10.1044/cds15.3.73
Perspectives on Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations, October 2008, Vol. 15, 73-81. doi:10.1044/cds15.3.73
Abstract

Purpose: The primary objective of the current study was to examine the concurrent validity of a pilot version the Inventario-III (Pilot INV-III) involving parents of Spanish speaking preschoolers with and without delayed language (DL).

Method: Fifteen parents of 3 year old children participated. Twelve children were typically developing (TD), while three had DL. All of the children attended Head Start programs. Parents completed two surveys, the Pilot INV-III and the Spanish Ages and Stages Questionnaire (Spanish ASQ) shortly after their child's third birthday.

Results: The results indicated that the scores from the Spanish ASQ and the Pilot INV-III were significantly correlated, suggesting that these tools seem to be measuring comparable language skills. Furthermore, the DL group's scores on the Pilot INV-III subscales were much lower than the TD group. These results suggest that the Pilot INV-III may be useful clinically for screening purposes when the only area of concern is communication development.

Conclusions: Limitations and implications for practice and research are presented.

Acknowledgements
The author would like to thank Weld County Head Start and the families who participated in this study. This study was supported by a University of Northern Colorado Faculty Research & Publications Board grant.
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