Peter and the Cat, narrative assessment, was originally published in Australia in 1993 by speech and language pathologists, Leanne Allan and Suze Leitão in collaboration with the teachers and principal of a Language Development Centre in Western Australia.
This edition has been updated with new pictures and more information on task administration and data profiling. Modifications have been made to the profiles based on feedback from the many users of the first edition.
The narrative assessment is recommended in: Carroll, Bowyer-Crane, Duff, Hulme, Snowling, (2011), Developing Language & Literacy: effective intervention in the early years. Chichester: Wiley.
The pack comprises:
- An illustrated A5 booklet with 9 full colour pictures illustrating the story of Peter and the Cat for use as a visual prompt.
- An instruction manual including detailed examples of the analysis, case studies and links to intervention materials.
- The forms required for recording and analysing the child’s output are on card, for use as photocopy masters, keeping the cost of using the test to a minimum.
Peter and the Cat is not a norm-referenced test but a task that yields a descriptive profile of the child’s development of key narrative competencies. The profiling methods and developmental continua bring together understandings of narrative from the literature and from the data collected during our development of the assessment.
Peter and the Cat Narrative Assessment can be used:
1. To develop skills in assessing and profiling narrative skills;
2. To analyse narrative data and plan developmentally appropriate goals;
3. To link goals to individual, group and classroom programmes;
4. To monitor individual and group progress;
5. To integrate speech-language therapy and classroom objectives;
6. To facilitate a collaborative team approach to intervention;
7. For general research e.g. comparison of clinical populations;
8. As a professional development tool.
Contents: Manual, illustrated booklet as visual prompt, photocopiable score sheets.
You may also be interested in the online version of The Peter and the Cat interactive picture book – specifically designed for both virtual and face-to-face assessment of a child’s development of key narrative competencies.It is suitable for screen sharing and can be sent in a 14 day link to up to 5 parents at one time. See Peter and the Cat Narrative Assessment online picture book.
Allan, L., Leitão, S. & Donovan, M. (1993). The School Age Oral Language Assessment. Language-Learning Materials, Research & Development Co.(This assessment is now out of print)
Law, J., & Sivyer, S. (2003). Promoting the communication skills of primary school children excluded from school or at risk of exclusion: An intervention study. Child Language Teaching and Therapy, 19(1), 1-25.
Leitão, S. & Allan, L. (1991) The Carawatha L.A.T. – Assessment of the School Age Language Disordered Child. Australian Communication Quarterly Vol II Winter 1991, 18-19.