Validation of an early language milestone scale in a high-risk population

J. Coplan, J. R. Gleason, R. Ryan, M. G. Burke, M. L. Williams

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Abstract

Detailed language evaluations were obtained by interviewing the parents of 191 healthy children aged 0 to 3 years, and by testing the children themselves. From these data, normative values were derived for 41 language milestones in the first 36 months of life. These values were used to construct the Early Language Milestone Scale (ELM Scale), a brief language assessment tool suitable for use by general pediatricians. Physician use of the ELM Scale in a population of 119 children considered at high risk for the presence of developmental disability yielded 97% sensitivity and 93% specificity for the ELM Scale as a detector of developmentally delayed children, when compared with more formal developmental measures as applied by a clinical psychologist or speech pathologist. Early language milestones are a sensitive indicator of developmental integrity; delayed achievement of early language milestones strongly suggests the presence of a significant underlying developmental disability. The ELM Scale may be adopted as a valid measure of developmental status among children considered at high risk for the presence of developmental disabilities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)677-683
Number of pages7
JournalPediatrics
Volume70
Issue number5
StatePublished - Dec 29 1982

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  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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    Coplan, J., Gleason, J. R., Ryan, R., Burke, M. G., & Williams, M. L. (1982). Validation of an early language milestone scale in a high-risk population. Pediatrics, 70(5), 677-683.