Introducing the QUILS: Screening for Early Language Knowledge

Children’s language impacts academic, social, and behavioral outcomes (Hoff, 2013). Identifying language delay as early as possible is crucial for successful intervention. Existing language screeners for young children primarily focus on products of language acquisition (i.e., vocabulary and grammar) and not the process by which children learn new language items. The QUILS (Quick Interactive Language Screener; Brookes, 2017) seeks to fill this gap and examine not just the language 3- through 5-year-olds know, but also how they learn new language items. It uses language comprehension since children often know more language than they produce (Golinkoff et al., 1995) and comprehension better predicts language outcomes than what children can say

Dr. Roberta Michnick Golinkoff (Ph.D., Cornell University), is Unidel H. Rodney Sharp Chair and Professor of Education in the School of Education at the University of Delaware, as well as a member of the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences and the Department of Linguistics and Cognitive Science. Dr. Golinkoff has held numerous awards including the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, the James McKeen Cattell prize, the American Psychological Association’s Distinguished Service to Psychological Science Award, and the Urie Bronfenbrenner Award for Lifetime Contribution to Developmental Psychology in the Service of Science and Society. Her research focus on language development, the benefits of play, digital learning, and preschoolers’ early spatial knowledge has resulted in numerous articles and book chapters and 16 books — including books for parents and practitioners. Her latest book, Becoming Brilliant: What Science Teaches Us About Raising Successful Children reached the New York Times bestseller list. Passionate about the dissemination of psychological science, she is a co-founder of the Playful Learning Landscapes movement. She was an associate editor of Child Development and has appeared on numerous radio and television shows and in print media. Her research is funded by the LEGO Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the Institute of Education Sciences, and the National Institutes of Health.

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