Based on current research and designed for today’s child, the RESCA-E was developed to provide essential information to professionals and parents about a child’s receptive, expressive, and social communication language skills. It targets critical areas of language development which are often included in IEPs and treatment plans but are difficult or impossible to objectively measure with existing tests for the elementary-age population.
The RESCA-E combines standardised tests with informal observation across different settings to give a more complete picture of a child’s communication skills.
The RESCA-E has 14 components, organized into three cores. Subtests can be selectively utilized to target specific skill areas. The three cores, their component subtests, and associated supplemental subtests are:
Three subtests target receptive language at the word, sentence, and narrative levels:
Comprehension of Vocabulary
Comprehension of Oral Directions
Comprehension of Stories and Questions
Receptive Supplemental Subtests
Two supplemental subtests provide more detailed information:
- Comprehension of Basic Morphology and Syntax
- Executing Oral Directions
Three subtests target expressive language at the word, sentence, and narrative levels:
- Expressive Labeling of Vocabulary
- Expressive Skills for Describing and Explaining
- Narrative Skills
Expressive Supplemental Subtest
- Expressive Use of Basic Morphology and Syntax
SOCIAL COMMUNICATION Core
Three subtests make up the Social Communication Core. These are supplemented by one optional subtest (Elicited Body Language) and an observational scale to provide information about both a child’s “testable” social-language knowledge and also his or her observed social behavior in the real world:
- Comprehension of Body Language and Vocal Emotion
- Social and Language Inference
- Situational Language Use
Social Communication Supplemental Subtest:
Social Communication Observational Scale:
- Social Communication Inventory (SCI)
The SCI is a 28-item behaviour rating scale that gathers information on how a child interacts with others across settings. It provides a more holistic picture of a child’s social communication skills and can be completed by either parents or professionals.
Administration and Scoring
RESCA-E core subtests can be administered in one hour or less. Scaled scores are provided for subtests; standard scores are provided for cores and the overall score. Discrepancy scores allow comparison of performance across subtests.
Reliability and Validity information provided in the Product Information box on this page.
Data collection was based on a nationally representative sample of 825 children ages 5-0 through 12-11 years. Results of reliability and validity studies are provided in the technical manual.