First Advisor

Joan McMahon

Date of Publication


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Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.) in Speech and Hearing Sciences


Speech Communication




Clinical Evaluation of Language Functions Elementary Screening Test, Language disorders in children -- Diagnosis



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1 online resource (56 p.)


One of the more widely-used methods for pinpointing children in need of more in-depth language evaluation is screening. One language screening instrument designed to accomplish this in an effective and efficient way was the Clinical Evaluation of Language Functions Elementary Screening Test (CELF-S) (Semel & Wiig, 1980).

The purpose of this study was to determine the effectiveness of the CELF-S in identifying those children in a second grade setting, who were in need of more thorough evaluation. This study sought to answer the following questions: 1) What is the percentage of false negatives produced by the CELF-S?, and 2) What is the percentage of false positives produced by the CELF-S?


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