Assessment Tools for Adolescents and Adults in Languages Other than English Given the increasing numbers of individuals who speak languages other than English on clinicians’ caseloads, there exists a tremendous need for assessment materials in various languages. However, the day-to-day challenges of meeting productivity standards are very real. Clinicians rarely have time to search online or through catalogs for an appropriate ... Article
Article  |   June 01, 2005
Assessment Tools for Adolescents and Adults in Languages Other than English
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  • Mary R. T. Kennedy
    University of Minnesota-Minneapolis
  • Hsin-Huei Chiou
    University of Minnesota-Minneapolis
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Cultural & Linguistic Diversity / Attention, Memory & Executive Functions / Articles
Article   |   June 01, 2005
Assessment Tools for Adolescents and Adults in Languages Other than English
SIG 2 Perspectives on Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders, June 2005, Vol. 15, 20-23. doi:10.1044/nnsld15.2.20
SIG 2 Perspectives on Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders, June 2005, Vol. 15, 20-23. doi:10.1044/nnsld15.2.20
Given the increasing numbers of individuals who speak languages other than English on clinicians’ caseloads, there exists a tremendous need for assessment materials in various languages. However, the day-to-day challenges of meeting productivity standards are very real. Clinicians rarely have time to search online or through catalogs for an appropriate assessment tool that would meet the needs of a particular client. Therefore, the purpose of this article is simple: to provide clinicians with a list of assessment tools for adolescents or adults that are available in languages other than English.
Using the list of vendors published in ASHA’s 2003 and 2004 Convention guides, we first identified publishers and distributors of assessment tools in speech-language pathology, then visited their Web sites and/or obtained product catalogs. Additionally, the ASHA National Office provided a list of assessment tools for use with Spanish speakers across the lifespan. Our initial search yielded a total of 66 assessment tools across the lifespan, purported to be available in a language other than English, that measured language, cognition (including non-verbal skills), memory, or phonology/articulation. From this list, we selected tools designed for assessment of adolescent or adult populations. Next, we verified that each tool was actually available for purchase through online or paper catalogs, as well as by e-mail or phone contact with customer service representatives. It was at this point in the process that many tools were eliminated from the list, because they were no longer published, or, for some, the publisher could not be located. In a few cases, we attempted to contact the authors to inquire about the tool’s availability.
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