Discourse Assessment Activity: The Potato Stamp Game
The Discourse Assessment Activity, or “The Potato Stamp Game”, is a conversational and expressive language assessment game based upon the principles of classroom based discourse of Blank, Rose and Berlin (1978). The effectiveness of the elicitation technique used by the Potato Stamp Game of “doing while we chat” has been shown to significantly increase the validity of assessment outcomes. The activities format reflects the premise that First Peoples children are more likely to participate in a task that has purpose beyond simply the discovery by the assessor of what a child can or cannot do.
The design of the Potato Stamp Game assessment activity allows the speech pathologist to follow First Peoples ways of communicating while using their own form of English. Alternatively, this assessment activity can be administered by an Aboriginal English speaking adult using Aboriginal English.
The naturalness of the communication setting encourages general play and talk which constitutes valuable additional qualitative data regarding the child’s communication and play development while playing the game.
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Blank, M., Rose, S. & Berlin, L. (1978) The language of learning: The preschool years, Grune & Stratton, New York