February 26-28, 2017 • Atlanta, GA


  |  An Investigation of Concurrent Validity of the Baby SPEAK Measure and Parental Knowledge of Early Language Development

An Investigation of Concurrent Validity of the Baby SPEAK Measure and Parental Knowledge of Early Language Development

The purpose of the present study was to investigate both the concurrent validity of a new measure that aims to assess parent knowledge of early language development, designed by researchers at the University of Chicago Medical Center, and levels of parent knowledge across groups of participants. More specifically, the study made use of the new measure (Baby SPEAK), and a standardized measure, the KIDI (MacPhee, 2002). Surveys were administered to both parents of children with and without hearing loss; and scores were compared across child hearing status and other demographic variables. The results provided evidence for concurrent validity, as participants scores on the KIDI were significantly, positively correlated with scores on the Baby SPEAK. It was also found that participants with child with a hearing loss. The groups, however differed in many other ways including age education, and income level. Some significant relationships were found between demographic variables and scores on the Baby SPEAK and KIDI, although, due to high variability within the survey, further investigation is warranted.

  • Participants will be able to describe the contents of the Baby SPEAK (Survey of Parental Expectations and Knowledge About Language Learning, Infant Focus; Suskind, 2014)
  • Participants will be able to detail the findings from the Baby SPEAK compared to the results from the administration of the Knowledge of Infant Development Inventory (KIDI)
  • Participants will be able to report the concurrent validity of the Baby SPEAK based on parent reports for children with and without hearing loss

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Avital Westreich (), College of Wooster; Cleveland Clinic Foundation, dgoldberg@wooster.edu;
Avital Westreich, B.A., is a graduate of the College of Wooster (Class of 2017), and intends to enter an Au.D. program in the Fall 2018.


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Lena Smith (), College of Wooster, lsmith16@wooster.edu;
Ms. Smith is a 2016 graduate of The College of Wooster (Ohio). This project reflects her Independent Study (I.S.) Thesis work under the supervision of Claudia Thompson, Ph.D. and Dr. Goldberg. Ms. Smith is currently enrolled in her first year of the Master's program in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Iowa.


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