Assessment of Communication Disorders: New Frontiers and Challenges.

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Seminars in Speech and Language

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Assessment is a core-skill for speech-language pathologists. According to the Standards for clinical certification developed by the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA), graduate students in speech-language pathology are expected to learn how to measure constructs of clinical relevance. Such skills are critical for accurate diagnosis and prognosis, response to intervention, and discharge planning. However, despite the importance of assessment, coursework dedicated to psychometrics is rarely part of the standard curriculum in speech-language pathology programs. As a result, future professionals often miss the opportunity to be exposed to modern measurement frameworks and approaches during their training. This has implications for how effectively they can keep up with current advances in the field of psychometrics and how much they may benefit from using and interpreting modern measurement tools.


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