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Last Modified: 10/08/2019

Assessment Tools for Communication/Language and Auditory Development

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The assessment tools listed below are recommended by their authors/publishers for use with infants beginning at birth. This list does not include all protocols available for use with infants and toddlers.

Early Listening Function (ELF)
Author: Anderson, K.L.
Type of Assessment: Checklist/Rating Scale
Publisher: Karen Anderson Consulting/ Phonak
Functional Auditory Performance Indicators: An Integrated Approach to Auditory Development [PDF]
Author: Stredler-Brown, A., & Johnson, C. D.
Type of Assessment: Checklist/ Rating scale
Available through the Marion Downs Center website
MacArthur-Bates Communicative Development Inventories (CDIs)
Authors: Fenson, L., Dale, P.S., Reznick, J.S., Thal, D., Bates, E., Hartung, J.P., Pethick, S., & Reilly, J.S.
Type of Assessment: Norm-Referenced
Publisher: Singular Publishing Group, Inc., San Diego, C.A., 1993
*Available in Spanish
Meaningful Auditory Integration Scale (MAIS)/Infant-Toddler: Meaningful Auditory Integration Scale (IT-MAIS) [PDF]
Authors: Robbins, A.M., Zimmerman-Phillips, S., & Osberger, M.J.
Type of Assessment: Parent/caregiver interview
Available through the Advanced Bionics website
The Rossetti Infant-Toddler Language Scale
Author: Rossetti, L.
Type of Assessment: Criterion-Referenced
Publisher: LinguiSystems, Inc. 1990
SKI-HI Language Development Scale
Author: Watkins, S.
Type of Assessment: Checklist/Rating Scale
Publisher: HOPE, Inc., 2004 (2nd edition)
*Available in Spanish
Visual Communication and Sign Language Checklist for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children (VCSL Checklist)
Authors: Simms, L, S. Baker, and M.D. Clark
Type of Assessment: Checklist/Rating Scale
Publisher: Gallaudet University