Population monitoring of language and cognitive development in Australia : the Australian early development index

Brinkman, Sally, Sayers, Mary, Goldfeld, Sharon and Kline, Jodie 2009, Population monitoring of language and cognitive development in Australia : the Australian early development index, International journal of speech-language pathology, vol. 11, no. 5, pp. 419-430.

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Title Population monitoring of language and cognitive development in Australia : the Australian early development index
Author(s) Brinkman, Sally
Sayers, Mary
Goldfeld, Sharon
Kline, Jodie
Journal name International journal of speech-language pathology
Volume number 11
Issue number 5
Start page 419
End page 430
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2009
ISSN 1754-9507
1754-9515
Summary The Australian Early Development Index (AEDI) is a population measure of child development. The AEDI measures Language and Cognitive Development, Social Competence, Emotional Maturity, Physical Health and Wellbeing, and Communication Skills and General Knowledge. In Australia these data are collected by teachers for children in their first full time year of schooling. The aim of this paper is to aid people's understanding and interpretation of population measures such as the AEDI. With a greater awareness of the merits and complexities of population data clinicians and allied health professionals can play a vital role in aiding communities and policy makers to interpret and act upon the data in an intelligent way. This paper is primarily descriptive providing background information on the development and use of the instrument utilizing one of the 5 developmental domains (Language and Cognitive Development) as an example. The results show a complex relationship between children residing in differing socio-economic regions, children with English as their primary or secondary language and children who are able or not able to effectively communicate in English.
Language eng
Field of Research 170102 Developmental Psychology and Ageing
200405 Language in Culture and Society (Sociolinguistics)
Socio Economic Objective 950203 Languages and Literature
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2009, The Speech Pathology Association of Australia Limited
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