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Dale Walker
University of Kansas
36Publications
17H-index
1,366Citations
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Abstract In this Special Issue we focus on highlighting intervention research addressing inequities in early language-learning experience that may place some children at a disadvantage later in school. Research over the last three decades has documented evidence for the differential amount and quality of children’s early language exposure, referred to as the “word gap.” This gap has been associated with family socioeconomic factors and has important consequences for children’s later vocabulary, ...
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#1Dale Walker (KU: University of Kansas)H-Index: 17
#2Samantha J. Sepulveda (KU: University of Kansas)H-Index: 1
Last.Kathryn M. Bigelow (KU: University of Kansas)H-Index: 13
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Abstract Children vary extensively in their language skills at school entry, and a substantial part of this variation is due to disparities in language exposure prior to school. Because these differences have continuing impact on academic, cognitive and social development, prevention and intervention programs have been developed to address deficits in early experience with language and prevent continuing difficulties. We report the findings from a systematic survey of research on non-parental in...
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#1Charles R. Greenwood (KU: University of Kansas)H-Index: 41
#2Jay Buzhardt (KU: University of Kansas)H-Index: 12
Last.Judith J. Carta (KU: University of Kansas)H-Index: 32
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The Early Communication Indicator (ECI) is a progress monitoring measure designed to support intervention decisions of the home visitors and early educators who serve infants and toddlers. The pres...
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#1Jay Buzhardt (KU: University of Kansas)H-Index: 12
#2Charles R. Greenwood (KU: University of Kansas)H-Index: 41
Last.Jan MatthewsH-Index: 4
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Abstract Increasingly, measurement of child outcomes is becoming an international priority. However, the psychometric properties of standardized measures are rarely explored for populations beyond the country in which the measures were developed. The Early Communication Indicator (ECI) is a measure of infant-toddler expressive communication developed in the U.S. and designed for use by service providers to inform intervention decision making and outcome measurement. Because the ECI measures grow...
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#1Jay Buzhardt (KU: University of Kansas)H-Index: 12
#2Charles R. Greenwood (KU: University of Kansas)H-Index: 41
Last.Christine Muehe (KU: University of Kansas)H-Index: 1
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Programs serving infants and toddlers are expected to use child data to inform decisions about intervention services; however, few tools exist to support these efforts. The Making Online Decisions (MOD) system is an adaptive intervention that guides early educators’ data-based intervention decision making for infants and toddlers at risk for language delay. Using a cluster randomized design to test the effect of the MOD, home visitors (HVs) were assigned to either use the MOD or not across 13 Ea...
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#1Charles R. Greenwood (KU: University of Kansas)H-Index: 41
#2Dale Walker (KU: University of Kansas)H-Index: 17
Last.Fan Jia (KU: University of Kansas)H-Index: 5
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Universal screening and progress monitoring measures are increasingly of interest to early interventionists who make decisions about the services provided to young children. A measure of infant-toddlers’ growth in early movement, the Early Movement Indicator (EMI), was reported in 2002. However, the EMI has remained an experimental measure based on a small sample and not used broadly by practitioners in real-world programs. We addressed this limitation by advancing knowledge the EMIs scalability...
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#1Charles R. Greenwood (KU: University of Kansas)H-Index: 41
#2Judith J. Carta (KU: University of Kansas)H-Index: 32
Last.Alana G. Schnitz (KU: University of Kansas)H-Index: 3
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Early childhood experience is a social determinant of children’s health and well-being. The well-being of young children is founded on their relationships and interactions with parents and family members in the home, caregivers, and teachers in early education, and friends and families in the greater community. Unfortunately, the early language experience of infants and toddlers from low-income families is typically vastly different than children from middle- and higher-income families. Hart and...
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#1Charles R. Greenwood (KU: University of Kansas)H-Index: 41
#2Jay Buzhardt (KU: University of Kansas)H-Index: 12
Last.Waylon Howard (KU: University of Kansas)H-Index: 9
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Abstract The Early Communication Indicator (ECI) is a measure for universal screening, intervention decision-making, progress monitoring for infants and toddlers needing higher levels of support, and program accountability. In the context of the ECI's long-term wide-scale use for these purposes, we examined the invariance of ECI measurement in two samples of the same Early Head Start (EHS) population differing in the years data were collected. Invariance or equivalence across samples is an impor...
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#1Charles R. Greenwood (KU: University of Kansas)H-Index: 41
#2Dale Walker (KU: University of Kansas)H-Index: 17
Last.Rawni Anderson (KU: University of Kansas)H-Index: 4
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Abstract Progress monitoring measurement is increasingly needed in early childhood to inform practitioners when an intervention change is needed and as a tool for accomplishing individualization and improving results for individual children. The Early Communication Indicator (ECI) is such a measure for infants and toddlers 6–42 months of age. A greater understanding of the ECI key skills (i.e., gestures, vocalizations, single- and multiple-word utterances) could lead to further improvements in t...
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#1Jay BuzhardtH-Index: 12
#2Dale WalkerH-Index: 17
Last.Linda Heitzman-PowellH-Index: 9
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