elicitation_and_transcription_lab_07 - ELICITATION AND...

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ELICITATION AND TRANSCRIPTION OF A LANGUAGE SAMPLE When eliciting a language sample from a child, your goal is to collect a representative sample that reflects the child’s use of a wide range of conversational speech acts. In order to get a full picture of a child’s language ability, the length of a language sample should be 100 complete and intelligible child utterances ( although at times and for some analyses, only 50 utterances are used ). To elicit a wide variety of language forms from a child, the following guidelines are recommended. Position of Table Sit so you are at the same height as, or are lower than, the child. I do this for two reasons. First, it helps the child not feel threatened. Second, I get a better view of the child’s mouth so I can understand more of his/her language. Also, if child is hesitant to talk, look at the toys/materials rather than directly at the child. This strategy can reduce the child’s anxiety. Both of these techniques are good for children 6 years and younger. For children over 6 years, I tend to sit next to the child, but I don’t worry about height. Materials Materials you use should depend on the age of the child. For children under 2 years of age, materials that entice the child to initiate and comment should be chosen. Examples include: balloon, wind up toy, cheerio in ziplock bag, stacking blocks, baby doll with brush, wordless picture book. We will discuss these materials when we read chapter 2 in class. For children between 3 and 6 years of age, toys and books that are theme-based should be chosen. Examples include: babies with a bottle and blanket, cars and a gas station, people and a house and/or picnic set. Theme-based toys prompt children to have a conversation about events familiar to them (taking care of a baby, going to the gas station, eating dinner, playing, etc). I also include a few pictures and a book to prompt story telling. You were given a book in class to use in your sample. I often model the story (not read the book) and then ask the child to produce a story. Children under 4 years do not tell elaborate stories, so do not feel that you failed if the child labels items in the picture, ignores the picture, or talks about something else. These are normal behaviors of children under four. Finally, I ask the child to tell me about a favorite movie or event. Again, the length and complexity of the retelling depends a great deal on the age of the child. Your job is to use these materials to assess where the child is in development. Throughout the sample, your job as a speech language pathologist and/or speech language researcher is to ask: Does the child produce language typical of other children his/her age, or is his/her language advanced or delayed? For children older than 6 years of age, you will want to elicit a range of discourse genres, including conversation, personal
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This note was uploaded on 04/06/2011 for the course COMD 2081 taught by Professor Domma during the Spring '08 term at LSU.

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