About the Measure

Domains Language
Subscales Structural and pragmatic language. Also Social Interaction Deviance Composite
Target Construct Oral language: Speech, syntax, semantic, coherence, inappropriate initiation, stereotyped language, use of context, nonverbal communication, social relations, interests.
Description The 70-item questionnaire completed by a caregiver screens for communication problems in children aged 4 to 16 years. It can be hand or electronically scored. Screens for children who are likely to have language impairment, identify pragmatic impairment in children with communication problems, assists in identifying children who may merit from further assessment for an autistic spectrum disorder.
Test Authors Bishop, D.
Publisher Pearson (2003)

Implementation details

Respondent Parents or adults with regular contact with children
Prior knowledge Required Psychologists , speech or occupational therapists, mental health professionals and health practitioners with appropriate Graduate and professional qualifications in their field of practice.
Scoring Checklist completed by respondent.
Time 5 to 15 minutes
Age 4 years to 16 years and 11 months.

Psychometric details

UK norms YES
Norm / Criterion referenced Norm referenced
Standardisation sample 542
Reliability Internal consistency 0.66 to 0.80. All items cluster together coherently. Inter rater reliability for speech 0.53, syntax 0.52, semantics 0.44, coherence 0.29, inappropriate initiation 0.34, stereotyped language 0.5. General communication composite 0.39 and social interaction deviance composite 0.79
Criterion validity Significant effect of group (clinical versus control) and scheffé posthoc tests yielded significant differences between control and all clinical samples
Construct validity Insufficient data in the public domain to evaluate
Concurrent validity Insufficient data in the public domain to evaluate