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White, Kaban, Shapiro, and Attanucci (1977) found that the infants they studied spent much time listening to live language, and those who did so showed better development than did those who spent more of their time procuring objects. Rescorla (2000) presented evidence to support the relationship between early language development and language-related skills in early adolescence. There is evidence regarding at least three additional conditions that warrant automatic screening prior to preschool, if possible, but certainly during the preschool years.

Key: NP NO MI MO S (No problem) (No opportunity to observe) (Observable to mild degree) (Observable to moderate degree) (Observable to severe degree) Behaviors NP NO 1. COGNITIVE AREA • Requires more time/practice than others to learn something new • Lacks concepts necessary for understanding lessons • Lacks curiosity • Uses materials inappropriately • Poor attention • Poor memory • Does not know how to use materials • Impulsive with materials • Hard time finishing work 2. 3 MI MO S Comments Behaviors NP NO MI MO S 3.

Most authors point out that despite the trend for higher ratings by parents compared with professionals, there is no assumption that these higher ratings are incorrect because parents have considerably more extensive opportunities to observe their children than do professionals. Therefore, information about the child’s developmental competence as observed by parents is an important source of information when guided by the structure and specificity of a good rating scale or questionnaire. In fact, some screening measures, such as the Denver II (Frankenburg, Dodds, Archer, Shapiro, & Bresnick, 1992), allow for alternative sources of information for item completion (although the effects of these alternatives on scale outcomes are rarely if ever compared).

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