I have worked in some unique places in my career and most of them had one thing in common: limited resources. When I lived in Samoa I didn’t even HAVE assessments! So this is my collection of free and favourite narrative assessments which you can find online. Even if you are in a well stocked clinic, you may find that some of these add that extra little bit of information that you were for. Don’t forget to view a previous post about free online communication tools.
Edmonton Narrative Norms Instrument
Based out of the University of Alberta, the Edmonton Narrative Norms Instrument (ENNI) is an assessment tool for collecting language information from children aged 4 to 9 through storytelling. The ENNI comprises of pictures that tell a story and are presented to a student, who then retells the story. What is great about the ENNI is that it provides norms and information on how to analyze story information, referring expressions, Mean Length of Communication Unit, and a Subordination Index.
Schneider, P., Dubé, R. V., & Hayward, D. (2005). The Edmonton Narrative Norms Instrument. Retrieved [date] from University of Alberta Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine website: http://www.rehabresearch.ualberta.ca/enni.
Narrative Language Measures
The Language Dynamics Group has provided The Narrative Language Measures (NLM) that are a set of tests that measures various dimensions of narrative language for the preschool and school age population.
The NLM encompasses:
- Test of Narrative Retell (separate test from preschool – 3rd grade)
- Test of Story Comprehension (preschool version)
- Test of Personal Generation (preschool and school age version)
These are great tools for screening, progress monitoring and intervention planning. All of these assessments are available for download, but you first have to ‘request’ them and then they will be emailed to you. It may look a little confusing as you have to add the tests to a shopping cart and check them out, but if you click the ‘checkout’ button and not the PayPal button (there are some products that you can purchase) then you should receive an email in a few days with the attachments.