Assessing the emergence of grammar in toddlers at risk for specific language impairment

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The purpose of this article is to identify areas of grammatical development that can be incorporated into risk-factor assessment models for toddlers between the ages of 2 and 3. A simple framework is presented for conceptualizing three early grammatical accomplishments: the acquisition of an initial verb lexicon, production of early sentence types, and the onset of tense marking. Strategies for using parent-report instruments and structure-specific language sampling to assess these areas in a time-efficient manner are provided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)173-186
Number of pages14
JournalSeminars in Speech and Language
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 1 2006



  • Grammar
  • Late-talking children
  • Specific language impairment
  • Tense marking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • LPN and LVN
  • Speech and Hearing

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