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This report presents the results of two projects examining Indigenous Children's language development.


This report presents the results of administration of the Who Am I? and the Renfrew Word Finding Vocabulary Test for the LSIC Wave 2 data collection in 2009. Who am I? is a developmental assessment that requires the child to write their name, copy shapes, write letters, numbers and words in a small booklet, with simple instructions and encouragement from the interviewer. Who am I? is not language dependent and is suitable for children with limited English. The assessment takes about 10 minutes to complete and is suitable for preschool children and children in the first two years of school. The Renfrew Word Finding Vocabulary Test assesses children’s expressive vocabulary (compared, for instance, with the Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test, which is a test of receptive vocabulary). It assesses the extent to which pictures of objects, arranged in order of difficulty, can be named correctly. Most of the objects illustrated have no alternative names, so the responses of children can be quickly measured. The assessment contains 50 line-drawn pictures and is suitable for children aged 3-9 years.

The assessments are being used as part of Footprints in Time, which is the name given to the Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children managed by FaHCSIA.. Footprints in Time works with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families from sites in Australia seeking their consent to participate in annual interviews to help better understand what impacts on their children’s lives over time. LSIC especially explores how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children can be better supported to grow up strong and resilient, regardless of location.

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