The Rossetti Infant-Toddler Language Scale
· Ages: Birth-3 Years
· Grades: Birth-PreK
· Testing Time: Will vary
Communication skills have been shown to be the single best indicators of developmental performance in children less than three years of age (Capute and Accardo, 1996; Leonard, 1992; Linder, 1993; Manolson et al., 1995; Yoder and Warren, 1993). This relationship between communication and developmental performance makes the early identification and remediation of communication disorders critical. The correlation between early communication skills and later school performance is also strong. A complete assessment of language ability of infants and toddlers should include all aspects of language, both preverbal and verbal.
The Rossetti Infant-Toddler Language Scale was designed to provide the clinician with a comprehensive, easy-to-administer, and relevant tool to assess the preverbal and verbal aspects of communication and interaction in the young child. The examiner has the freedom to determine in more than one way if a child has mastered a behaviour. The spontaneous observation of a behaviour, direct elicitation of a behaviour, and the caregiver's report of a behaviour all carry equal weight when scoring the scale.
Six subtests assess preverbal and verbal skills.
· Interaction-Attachment—Assess the cues and responses that reflect a reciprocal relationship between the caregiver and the child.
· Pragmatics—Assess the way the child uses language to communicate with and affect others in a social manner.
· Gesture—Assess the child's use of gesture to express thought and intent prior to the consistent use of spoken language.
· Play—Assess the changes in a child's play that reflect the development of representational thought.
· Language Comprehension—Assess the child's understanding of verbal language with and without linguistic cues.
· Language Expression—Assess the child's use of preverbal and verbal behaviours to communicate with others.
The Rossetti Infant-Toddler Language Scale is designed for use by any member of the infant-toddler assessment team or intervention team regardless of primary academic discipline. It may be administered by a single administrator or as part of a multi- or transdisciplinary-team assessment. The examiner(s) should have a thorough knowledge of child development and communication skills.
The Discussion of Performance in the Examiner's Manual includes:
COMPLETE ROSSETTI INFANT-TODDLER LANGUAGE SCALE KIT INCLUDES: Examiner’s Manual, Parent Questionnaire on CD-ROM, 15 Test Forms.