The Social Language Development Test–Elementary: Normative Update (SLDT-E: NU) assesses language-based skills of social interpretation and interaction with friends, the skills found to be most predictive of social language development. Specifically, it measures the language required to appropriately infer and express what another person is thinking or feeling within a social context, to make multiple interpretations, take mutual perspectives, and negotiate with and support their peers. These tasks reflect the developmental refinement of social language comprehension and expression and differentiate typically developing children from those with autism spectrum disorder.
• Updated norms based on the 2015 U.S. Census.
• New standard score metric for subtests and composites (M=10, SD=3; M=100, SD=15).
• All new item analysis and item bias studies provide convincing evidence of content-description validity.
• All new reliability and validity studies were prepared, including diagnostic accuracy analyses, which are considered the most rigorous techniques for establishing validity today. These analyses involve the computation of sensitivity and specificity indexes and the receiving operating characteristic/area under curve statistic (ROC/AUC).