Tests used for the assessment of language in children focus on phonology, grammar, vocabulary and/or pragmatics in production and/or comprehension. For the assessment of production, words or sentences are elicited using for example pictures or imitation.

For the assessment of comprehension response strategies include picture pointing, act-out or verbal responses. Some tests also include repetition or inflection of novel words. Narratives can be collected based on pictures, experiences or knowledge in order to get a more complete picture of the use of language (oral and written), where structure as well as content can be taken into account.

Test instruments used and/or developed within CCL projects are:

  • A digitalized version of TROG-2 to investigate how speech rate and pauses affect language comprehension
  • Scriptlog, a keystroke logging program to investigate the process of writing
  • Latent Semantic Analysis (LSA) to assess semantic linguistic maturity in narratives and segmental and suprasegmental analysis of children’s productions in nonword repetition
  • Clinial tests used to assess working memory capacity in children are the CLPT (Competing Language Processing Task) or the SCR (Sentence Completion and Recall)