American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Diagnostic Evaluation of Language Variance (DELV)–Screening Test

Author(s):Harry N. Seymour, Thomas W. Roeper, and Jill de Villiers, with contributions by Peter A. de Villiers
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Age Range:4–12 years
Administration Time:15–20 minutes
Computerized Scoring:No
Description:Identifies children who are speaking a variation from Mainstream American English (MAE). Identifies children who are at risk for a language disorder. Useful in reducing overinclusion of minority children in special education due to linguistic and cultural differences rather than actual speech and language disorders.

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