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Test of Early Communication and Emerging Language

Mary Blake Huer
Lynda Miller


The TECEL assesses the earliest communication behaviors and emerging language abilities of infants and toddlers up to 24 months of age. It is a revision and standardization of the Nonspeech Test, a well-regarded assessment used with both typically developing young children and with older individuals with moderate-to-severe language delays. The TECEL is:
  • Well-constructed
  • Reliable 
  • Practical 
  • Research-based 
  • Theoretically sound
Features and Benefits 
  • Includes both receptive and expressive color coded items for easy diagnostic analysis of results 
  • Flexible administration options include Interview, Observation, and/or a combination of both 
  • Recognizes the continuum from pre-linguistic communication behaviors to symbolic forms in emerging language 
  • Can be administered to verbal and nonverbal respondents and is suitable for assessing individuals who communicate by means other than speech 
  • Test materials and interview questions are designed to be cross-cultural 
  • The Informal Assessment and Intervention Plan guides clinicians in analyzing performance on the test, developing recommendations, and generating an Intervention Plan
  • Assesses and charts communication and language strengths and weaknesses 
  • Assists with development of intervention plans 
  • Helps make estimates about future language developments 
  • Serves as a research tool for investigating early communication and emerging language
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Mary Blake Huer & Lynda Miller

Age Range 2 weeks to 24 months

Administration Time 15 to 45 minutes

Administration Type Individual Observation & Parent/Caregiver Interview

Qualification Level B

Format Handscored