A classroom test for screening and diagnosis of language difficulties.
The Aston Index consists of 17 sub-tests, the use of which, as its name implies, will indicate the nature of an individual child’s learning potential for literacy. The sub-test scores yield a ‘profile’ from which a teacher can perceive the levels of ‘readiness’ for learning; and which sub-skills and abilities will need special help in teaching.
The sub-tests themselves were selected after many years of observation and research, as representing key aspects of literacy:
- Visual and auditory perception
- Symbolic sequencing
- Directional motor fluency
- Association of picture and symbol with lexical meaning
- General maturational readiness
The Aston Index can be used to indicate the particular learning pattern of the child and identify specific types of learning patterns
- Specific written language difficulties (Dyslexia)
- Slow learners
- Culturally deprived children
- Neurologically damaged children
- Language disordered children
- Specific auditory difficulties
- Specific visual difficulties
- Specific graphic difficulties
Comprises of 17-page handbook, spiral bound test card book (contains 17 tests), additional support material, resource CD, flash cards and 30 scoresheets.