So today I will write about two of the three tools in my DA toolkit: fast mapping and nonword repetition tasks.
Below is a video of Dr. Crowley and an SLP demonstrating the task.
Fast mapping video.
In short, fast mapping allows quick incidental learning. The clinician assesses the student’s ability to learn new words from limited exposure quickly. This is different from standardized vocabulary assessments that are greatly influenced by the student’s social economic status (SES). Keep in mind that many of these standardized assessments are also not normed on bilingual/multilingual students.
Also, below is an image of my “picnic basket”. I used the tomatillo and durian and labeled them “kube” and “toeday” respectively. The “basket” is just an old can for almonds.
The Nonword repetition task can be found on standardized assessments like the TILLS, but I use the words from Dr. Crowley’s video demonstration. As Dr. Crowley states, nonsense words are a great way to learn about a child’s language skills as well as attention and working memory.
Click here for the video demonstration of the nonsense word repetition task.
Below is a picture of the words from the video with a citation of Dollaghan & Campbell at the bottom. This is the same citation found in the video.
After reading this post, will you plan to implement any of these tasks as part of your assessment?