Language

Commonly used batteries for the assessment of language deficits are the Boston Diagnostic Aphasia Examination (25> and the closely related Western Aphasia Battery.(26> The Boston Examination covers auditory comprehension, oral expression, understanding written language, and writing. These tests can take a long time to give and so brief screening tests are often used, such as the Boston Naming Test (27> or the Graded Naming Test,(28> which both assess word finding, or the Token Test,2,' which assesses verbal comprehension. Finally, a good test to gauge reading and spelling ability is the Wechsler Objective Reading Dimensions Test (39 which will produce reading and spelling ages, and give the abnormality of difference scores between IQ and reading or spelling scores.

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