2. Assessment: Gathering, Sorting and Analyzing First Word Data
While standardized tests are necessary for qualifying children for therapy, they do not provide sufficient data to plan therapy. In this chapter we will explore how to gather, categorize, and analyze single word utterances obtained from the natural language sample, parent-report tools, and elicitation tasks). Conducting a qualitative analysis of word types (i.e., semantic content categories such as nouns, verbs, prepositions) provides a clear path to choosing goals.