The focus of my Preschool Language course the past couple of lectures has been on identifying children who are at risk for developmental or language delays in the prelinguistic stage, which is the phase before they actually start using language effectively to communicate. Today’s class covered the Communication and Symbolic Behavior Scales Developmental Profile (pictured above), which basically assesses the child’s interaction and responsiveness to adults during different contexts of play.
Our professor supplemented the lecture today with sample videos of toddlers for us to practice identifying the communicative and behavior aspects listed on the CSBS. The videos elicited plenty of collective “awws” and laughs from the class as we watched the clinician eliciting specific reactions from the child. This is to be expected, since 98% of the class is female. Some favorites included a little girl in a poofy purple dress watching a wind-up kangaroo scatter across the table, and then imitating it to request for the clinician to start it up again; the same little girl popping bubbles that the clinician blew to her; and another little girl with platinum blonde hair anticipating the clinician to blow up a balloon, and later laughing when the balloon failed to inflate. The best snippet that got the most laughter out of the class was when a male toddler was practicing brushing a doll’s hair, and then when he tried brushing his own hair, the brush stayed in his fluffy afro as he pulled his hand away, and out of surprise he kept tilting his head back to find where the brush had stayed.
Personally I don’t see myself practicing with children as an SLP, but these videos still melt my heart and at least make me consider whether I would really want to miss out on all the unintentional adorableness of children.