The LUI is now available, via a secure web-based platform, in an online version that will save users time and money and is simple and friendly to use. More »
Our online platform has been designed to easily allow the professional user to:
The Language Use Inventory (LUI) is the only standardized parent-report questionnaire solely aimed at assessing 18- to 47-month-old children’s social pragmatic use of language. More »
The LUI Child Report provides a user with a detailed summary of child’s percentile scores on the LUI overall and its subscales, accompanied by easy-to-read graphs. If a child is older than 47 months, language age percentile equivalent scores will be provided. Using the norms for the LUI, the detailed LUI Child Report provides a user with a child’s percentile rank for their LUI Total Score, Parts 2 and 3, and all scored subscales. More »
This information is presented in both numerical and easy-to-read graph form. The LUI Child Report also contains any other text responses entered by the parent for non-scored subscales (E and L) as well as any other information entered about the child’s health and language background. Information in the LUI Client Report can be easily “cut and pasted” into other documents for which a user may need to incorporate a child’s LUI performance.
As of October 2015, if a LUI user is using the LUI with a child who is older than 47 months (the upper age for the norms), a LUI Child Report will be generated following scoring that provides a “language age percentile equivalent score” based on the norms for all LUI Total, Part and Subscale scores on the report. For example, the report might show that a child’s LUI Total Score places him/her at or near the average (50th percentile) score of children of the age of 30 months according to the norms for the LUI. As on the regular LUI Child Report, the results are also provided in graph form. In this way, the LUI can provide a helpful descriptive overview of social communicative functioning for children 4 years of age and older. More information about how these age percentile equivalent scores are calculated are provided on the LUI Child Report.Online LUI Child Report (Age within norms)
14 subscales assess a child's communication in wide range of settings and for broad variety of functions in everyday settings and activities. More »
The items on the LUI’s 14 subscales recognize that a child’s pragmatic competence is influenced by growth in social cognitive understanding, especially children’s theory of mind – their understanding of their own and other’s people’s behaviours, mental states and differing perspectives
|LUI Parts and Subscales||# Items|
|Part 1: How your child communicates with gestures||13|
|Subscale A||How your child uses gestures to ask for something||11|
|Subscale B||How your child uses gestures to get you to notice something||2|
|Part 2: Your child’s communication with words||28|
|Subscale C||Types of words your child uses||21|
|Subscale D||Your child’s requests for help||7|
|Subscale E||Your child’s interests (written answers – not scored)|
|Part 3: Your child’s longer sentences||133|
|Subscale F||How your child uses words to get you to notice something||6|
|Subscale G||Your child’s questions and comments about things||9|
|Subscale H||Your child’s questions and comments about themselves or other people||36|
|Subscale I||Your child’s use of words in activities with others||14|
|Subscale J||Teasing and your child’s sense of humour||5|
|Subscale K||Your child’s interest in words and language||12|
|Subscale L||Your child’s interests when talking (written answers - not scored)|
|Subscale M||How your child adapts conversation to other people||15|
|Subscale N||How your child is building longer sentences and stories||36|
In total there are 180 questions on the LUI and most require only a yes/no answer. Parents can usually complete it in about 20 minutes and report finding it enjoyable, interesting, and easy to complete. For parents, the LUI is self-explanatory, with all directions needed for completion provided on the questionnaire.
Further details and description of the content of the LUI can be found in O'Neill (2007) as well in the LUI Manual.
The LUI is a standardized measure and provides a percentile score for a child’s overall performance on the LUI, as well as his or her performance on each scored subscale, that reflects the child’s rank (e.g., 25th percentile) relative to other children of the same sex and age in months based on the norms for the LUI. More »
Percentile scores are provided on the LUI for each month (18 months to 47 months) and so a direct comparison with children of the same age in months is possible. For example, if a male 35-month-old child's Total LUI raw score places him at the 22nd percentile, then this score places him higher than or equal to the score of 22% of similarly aged 35-month-old boys and lower than the remaining 88% of 35-month-old boys according to the norms of the LUI.
If preferred or necessary for reporting purposes, a child’s percentile score(s) can easily be converted to a standard (z) score if preferred using standard conversion tables. The LUI is a norm-referenced assessment based on administration to over 3500 children.
If a user is using the LUI with a child whose age falls outside of the norms (e.g., 5-year-old child with ASD), a LUI Child Report will be automatically generated following scoring that converts the child’s scores to a language-age equivalent score for all subscales and Parts where this is permissible (computationally, according to best practice).
For both online and hardcopy users of the LUI, the LUI’s scoring is automated and a detailed LUI Child Report is automatically generated. More »
For Online LUI Users who use our online platform to administer the LUI with parents online in their office or via a link sent to parents, the completed LUI will be automatically scored and a copy of the completed LUI questionnaire and an accompanying detailed LUI Child Report will be automatically generated and delivered instantly to a user’s secure account.
For Hardcopy LUI Users who administer the LUI in pen and pencil version, the LUI Scoring Calculator automates scoring of the LUI. Purchase of the LUI entitles the user to a free access to the online LUI Scoring Calculator. Users enter raw subscale scores, easily summed from the questionnaire in less than 5 minutes. From there, as for users of the online LUI, a copy of the completed LUI questionnaire and an accompanying detailed LUI Child Report will be automatically generated and delivered instantly to a user’s secure account. (See an example of a LUI Hardcopy Child Report)
You can use Facebook to connect with us or the LUI’s developer, Professor Daniela O’Neill, to ask questions, share experiences and advice, or provide feedback. We definitely want to hear your suggestions for ways we can make any aspect of the online platform, LUI Child Reports, scoring and any other features of the LUI better.
We are committed to making the LUI as easy and as efficient to use as possible for users and to responding to questions and feedback as quickly as possible.