Receptive, Expressive and Social Communication Assessment - Elementary (RESCA-E)
Authors: Patricia Hamaguchi, MA, CCC-SLP / Deborah Ross-Swain, EdD, CCC-SLP
- Comprehensive Language Assessment
- Individual Administration
- Ages 5 through 12
- Qualification Level: B
DescriptionReceptive CoreExpressive CoreSocial Communication CoreSocial Communication Inventory
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 standardized 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:
RECEPTIVE CoreComprehension of VocabularyComprehension of Oral DirectionComprehension of Stories and Questions
Three subtests target receptive language at the word, sentence, and narrative levels:
Receptive Supplemental SubtestsComprehension of Basic Morphology and SyntaxExecuting Oral Directions
Two supplemental subtests provide more detailed information:
Three subtests target expressive language at the word, sentence, and narrative levels:
Expressive Labeling of VocabularyExpressive Skills for Describing and ExplainingNarrative Skills
Expressive Supplemental Subtest
Expressive Use of Basic Morphology and Syntax
SOCIAL COMMUNICATION CoreComprehension of Body Language and Vocal EmotionSocial and Language InferenceSituational Language Use
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:
Social Communication Supplemental Subtest:
Elicited Body Language
Social Communication Observational Scale:
Social Communication Inventory (SCI)
The SCI is a 28-item behavior 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.
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.
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.
The items reflect a deep understanding
of what matters in the evaluation of children… Each item is intended to measure something substantial and relevant to everyday functioning.
–– W. Joel Schneider, PhD
What SLPs are saying about RESCA-E:
I am excited to begin to use this assessment. It is practical and the closest I have seen to a dynamic assessment.
It seems to provide a more complex picture of a child's social communication, understanding expressions of speech, context, tone of voice, and facial expression.
My SLPs are really enjoying using this test.