This is a test for determining if a child (ages 5 through 21 years) has a language disorder or delay. It looks at children’s understanding of language, for example their ability to follow directions, their understanding of concept words, their understanding of sentences that include different aspects of grammar and their ability to categorise objects that go together. It also tests children’s expressive language, for example, their ability to name pictures, to create and repeat sentences and to explain why different objects go together.
Working Memory Test Battery for Children
This test provides an accurate assessment of working memory in 5 to 15 year olds.
Two areas will be tested:
- Verbal short-term memory - The ability to remember verbal information in your mind for a brief period of time (as we do when we remember a phone number). The child must only remember the numbers- for example the numbers 16843 would be repeated 16843. Verbal short-term memory plays an important role in learning the sound patterns of new words.
- Verbal working memory - The ability to remember and manipulate information at the same time, for example, the child is given a list of numbers and asked to repeat them back in reverse order- 16843 would be repeated 34861. In this situation the child must not only remember the numbers but also manipulate them (i.e. reverse the order in which they heard them). Verbal working memory is closely linked with literacy and mathematical skills.
Raven’s Progressive Matrices
The Raven’s Coloured Progressive Matrices Test (CPM) is a non-verbal measure of general ability (intelligence). It includes visual patterns and shapes to assess general ability from a non-verbal perspective. The test is presented as coloured illustrations printed in a book, making the problem to be solved more obvious with the least possible verbal explanation. In this way it is considered a fairer assessment of ability for children who experience disordered or delayed language abilities.