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Type: Journal article
Title: Population monitoring of language and cognitive development in Australia: The Australian Early Development Index
Author: Brinkman, S.
Sayers, M.
Goldfeld, S.
Kline, J.
Citation: International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 2009; 11(5 Sp Iss):419-430
Publisher: Informa Healthcare
Issue Date: 2009
ISSN: 1754-9507
Organisation: Australian Institute for Social Research
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Sally Brinkman, Mary Sayers, Sharon Goldfeld and Jodie Kline
Abstract: The Australian Early Development Index (AEDI) is a population measure of child development. The AEDI measures Language and Cognitive Development, Social Competence, Emotional Maturity, Physical Health and Wellbeing, and Communication Skills and General Knowledge. In Australia these data are collected by teachers for children in their first full time year of schooling. The aim of this paper is to aid people's understanding and interpretation of population measures such as the AEDI. With a greater awareness of the merits and complexities of population data clinicians and allied health professionals can play a vital role in aiding communities and policy makers to interpret and act upon the data in an intelligent way. This paper is primarily descriptive providing background information on the development and use of the instrument utilizing one of the 5 developmental domains (Language and Cognitive Development) as an example. The results show a complex relationship between children residing in differing socio-economic regions, children with English as their primary or secondary language and children who are able or not able to effectively communicate in English.
Keywords: Children; developmental outcomes; policy; prevention; language; cognition; population measurement
RMID: 0020093073
DOI: 10.1080/17549500903147552
Appears in Collections:Australian Institute for Social Research publications

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