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In this module Cate shows us how to elicit a quality narrative sample in order to assess expressive language.Cate chooses the child’s favorite book as a retell, which ensures the child is familiar with the story and motivated by the task. She also uses this opportunity to ask wh-questions. Cate notes that Alex’s intelligibility is her biggest area of concern by this point in the evaluation. She also notes his metalinguistic skills while retelling the story. However, Cate will likely not understand him without his mother’s help. Cate then repeats the narrative retell with the book as a support. He frequently looks to his mother for help interpreting his utterances. As with previous modules, Cate indicates where the information gained in the section of the evaluation should be located in the finished report.

Find resources used throughout this playlist here:

Model Eval: 2;10-English/Spanish- Verbal Apraxia

Model Eval: 2;10- Verbal Apraxia IEP Goals

Critical Questions Document

Sociolinguistics Playlist

Find the playlist for the full set of videos in this module series here:

Differential Diagnosis in Preschool Evaluations: A Case Study (DDPE Playlist)

Find each of the modules from this playlist here:

Module 1: Why an Accurate Differential Diagnosis Matters

Module 2: Critical Questions for the Parent Interview Part 1

Module 3: Critical Questions for the Parent Interview Part 2

Module 4: Academic Language Expressive and Receptive Language

Module 5: Receptive Language Comprehension and Following Directions

Module 6: Eliciting Quality Narratives in Expressive Language

Module 7: Motor Speech, Articulation, and Speech Sound Inventory

Module 8: Dynamic Assessment: Nonword Repetition, Syllable and Sentence Repetition

Module 9: Putting it All Together in the Written Evaluation Report

Module 10: Developing Appropriate Goals for the IEP

Please find links to research mentioned in this module here:

Ervin-Tripp, S. (1964). An analysis of the interaction of language, topic, and listener. American Anthropologist, 66, 86-102.

Valenti, D.M. (2013). Sociolinguistics: Participant, Topic, Setting & Function. Available from: