Language ability at kindergarten entry is one of the strongest predictors of literacy development and academic achievement. For this reason, early identification of language delay or impairment is critical. Unfortunately, many existing standardized tests are time-consuming and cannot be easily administered by teachers, parents, or paraprofessionals.

The purpose of this project is to test a new, computer-administered language assessment – the Quick Interactive Language Screener (QUILS) – for use with preschool children ages 3 through 5.  The QUILS was developed by Roberta Golinkoff and Aquiles Iglesias (University of Delaware), Kathy Hirsh-Pasek (Temple University), Jill de Villiers (Smith College), and Mary Sweig Wilson (Laureate Learning Systems).

The UW Child Language Lab will be working with the University of Washington Department of  Speech and Hearing Science and the Haring Center Experimental Education Unit to determine how accurately the QUILS identifies preschool children’s vocabulary, syntax, and language processing skills. Specifically, we want to look at how the QUILS measures the language of preschool children that have been diagnosed with, or may be at risk for, language delays.

The Child Language Team is currently recruiting preschool children with language impairments for this study.  Please contact us at if you are interested in learning more!


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