Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Communication Sciences and Disorders

First Advisor

Dr. Nola T. Radford

Second Advisor

Dr. Mary Anne Nericcio

Third Advisor

Dr. Liang Zeng


Narrative samples from Spanish-speaking children will be analyzed using a wordless picture book and standard storybook. Ages of participants will be between 6.0 and 7.11 years and demonstrate: normal hearing and vision, no familiarity with books used in study, and receptive and expressive language skills 1.5 to 2 standard deviations below the mean as predetermined by a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist. The first story will be orally presented. Afterwards, children will respond to questions and retell the story. A silent presentation of the second story will follow, along with retelling of story and questions. Utterance length, sentence complexity, and vocabulary will be compared to determine if procedures were equally effective in eliciting language samples from Spanish-speaking children in the Rio Grande Valley. Implications for assessment will be discussed.


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Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American