Communication and Symbolic Behavior Scales (CSBS), Normed Edition
CSBS Manual
Early Childhood, Communication and Language
This user-friendly manual guides professionals through the process of administering, scoring, and interpreting the Communication and Symbolic Behavior Scales (CSBS™), one of the best measures of early communication in children 8–24 months (or up to 72 months if developmental delays are present).
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Available Translations Communication and Symbolic Behavior Scales™ One of the best measures of early communication in children from 8 to 24 months of age, the norm-referenced, standardized CSBS uses parent interviews and naturalistic sampling procedures to encourage spontaneous behavior and collect crucial information—not just on language skills, but on often-overlooked communicative behaviors like communicative functions, gestures, rate of communicating, positive affect, and gaze shifts. Backed by technical data, CSBS is compatible with most developmental curricula in use today and comes packaged with everything early interventionists, speech-language pathologists, physicians, and psychologists need to conduct and score assessments. CSBS includes • Caregiver Questionnaire: Caregivers complete this 15-minute qualitative questionnaire to provide background information. Their responses provide a baseline that helps professionals evaluate a child’s performance. • Behavior Sample: After the questionnaire is complete, professionals conduct the videotaped Behavior Sample as the caregiver interacts with the child using a naturalistic sampling procedure. The sampling procedure uses communicative temptations, book sharing, symbolic play, language comprehension probes, and constructive play. Later, professionals convert results to scores on 22 five-point scales, organized in seven clusters: Communicative Function, Communicative Means—Gestural, Communicative Means—Vocal, Communicative Means—Verbal, Reciprocity, Social-Affective Signaling, and Symbolic Behavior. This yields raw scores and scaled scores for the 22 scales, percentile ranks and standard scores for the seven clusters, a percentile rank and standard overall composite score, and norms by chronological age or language stage. • Behavior Sample Record Form: Data from the Behavior Sample is tallied on this form, which identifies the 22 communication and symbolic rating scales. • CSBS Manual: See description at right. • CSBS Toy Kit: This kit includes familiar, action-based play materials that entice spontaneous behavior. It includes a convenient carrying bag. • 2 Outline Cards: The first of these quick-reference cards outlines sampling procedures, and the second gives clear directions for scoring. • 2 Instructional Videos: These instructional videotapes show how to collect the sample, rate behaviors from the sample, and convert the information into scores using the five-point scales. The CSBS Manual This user-friendly manual guides professionals through the process of administering, scoring, and interpreting CSBS. Readers will get • a concise question-and-answer introduction to CSBS • informative summaries that reveal how the communication and symbolic behavior scales were developed • detailed, easy-to-follow instructions on how to administer the Caregiver Questionnaire, conduct each part of the Behavior Sample, and interpret the behaviors on the videotape • clear guidelines on rating, summarizing, and interpreting scores • technical data about CSBS, including information about standardization, scaling and norming, reliability, and validity • helpful tips on planning individualized interventions Filled with tables, charts, and checklists that summarize key points, clarify technical data, and help users organize the information and materials they need, this manual will make it easier for professionals to use CSBS effectively with the children and families they serve. ABOUT THE AUTHORS: Amy M. Wetherby, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is a Professor in the Department of Communication Disorders at Florida State University. Barry M. Prizant, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is Director of Childhood Communication Services and Adjunct Professor at Brown University Center for the Study of Human Development. Related Products: CSBS DP : A shorter, faster screening and evaluation tool that measures communicative competence of children with a functional communication age of 6 to 24 months and a chronological age of 6 months to 6 years. CSBS DP is designed for early identification of children with communication delays and is an ideal starting point for planning IFSPs, determining the efficacy of interventions, documenting changes in a child’s behavior over time, and identifying areas for further assessment. Infant-Toddler Checklist and Easy-Score: This scoring CD-ROM allows busy clinicians to use the Checklist by itself as a quick, valid screening system. Using responses from the completed Checklist, the program calculates composite percentiles and standard scores based on embedded norms. The program also automatically generates a screening report and offers a menu of three letters to share personalized results and recommendations with the family. for more information visit www.brookespublishing.com
STOCK NUMBER ISBN
66673 978-1-55766-667-3
COPYRIGHT PAGES
2003 144
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This user-friendly manual guides professionals through the process of administering, scoring, and interpreting the Communication and Symbolic Behavior Scales (CSBS™), one of the best measures of early communication in children 8–24 months (or up to 72 months if developmental delays are present). The manual includes:

  • a concise question-and-answer introduction to CSBS™
  • informative summaries that reveal how the communication and symbolic behavior scales were developed
  • detailed, easy-to-follow instructions on how to administer the Caregiver Questionnaire, conduct each part of the videotaped Behavior Sample, and interpret the behaviors on the videotape
  • clear guidelines on rating, summarizing, and interpreting scores
  • technical data about CSBS™, including information about standardization, scaling and norming, reliability, and validity
  • helpful tips on planning individualized interventions

Filled with tables, charts, and checklists that summarize key points, clarify technical data, and help users organize the information and material they need, this manual will make it easier for professionals to use CSBS™ effectively with the children and families they serve.

This manual is part of CSBS™, a norm-referenced, standardized tool that uses parent interview and direct observation to assess infants, toddlers, and preschoolers at risk for communication delays and impairments. With 22 rating scales that accurately survey children's language skills and symbolic development, CSBS is backed by technical data and compatible with most developmental curricula in use today.

Learn more about the whole CSBS system.

About the Authors
  1. Introduction
    • What Does the CSBS Measure?
    • How Is the CSBS Administered?
    • Important Features of the CSBS
    • Organization of the Manual
  1. Development
    • Development of the Sampling Procedures
    • Development of the Communication and Symbolic Behavior Scale
    • Profiling Communication and Symbolic Behaviors
  1. Procedures for the CSBS Caregiver Questionnaire and Behavior Sample
    • Overview of Contexts and Procedures
    • I. Warm–Up
    • II. Communicative Temptations
    • III. Sharing Books
    • IV. Symbolic Play Probes
    • V. Language Comprehension Probes
    • VI. Constructive Play Probes
    • VII. Caregiver Perception Rating Form
  1. Scale Descriptions and Scoring Procedures
    • Overview
    • Definitions of Communication Scales
    • Definitions of Symbolic Behavior Scales
    • Procedures for Scoring
  1. Rating, Summarizing, and Interpreting Scores
    • Overview
    • Raw Scores, Scaled Scores, and Normed Scores
    • Reporting and Interpreting Normed Scores
  1. Technical Characteristics of the CSBS
    • Development of the CSBS
    • Standardization
    • Scaling and Norming
    • Reliability
    • Validity
  1. Implications for Intervention Planning
    • CSBS Developmental Profile for Screening and Evaluation
References
Glossary
Appendix A: Sample Scored Record Forms
Appendix B: Norms Tables
Index

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