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The CYCLE Tests are based on linguistic theory to assess morphology, syntax, and semantics.



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Welcome to The CYCLE Tests

The CYCLE (Curtiss Yamada Comprehensive Language Evaluation) provides clinicians and researchers with a tool to evaluate language ability in depth and comprehensively across the areas of syntax, morphology, and semantics.  The CYCLE covers structures and features that emerge during the active language development years.  The test, informed by linguistic theory, includes structures that comprise a major part of the grammatical core of English.  The CYCLE was designed to test language as distinct from cognitive and intellectual ability.  There is a Receptive Battery to evaluate comprehension and an elicited Expressive Battery to evaluate production of language.

CYCLE Test populations

CYCLE has been successfully used with many different populations, including individuals with:

  • autism
  • Specific Language Impairment (SLI)
  • hearing impairment
  • pediatric hemispherectomy
  • epilepsy
  • severe cognitive impairments
  • genetic anomalies
  • Turner syndrome
  • Klinefelter syndrome
  • Down syndrome
  • spina bifida
  • hydrocephaly
  • Noonan syndrome
  • agenesis of the corpus callosum
  • Fetal Alcohol syndrome (FAS)
  • linguistic isolation
  • Landau-Kleffnor syndrome
  • acquired aphasia
  • dementia

The CYCLE Test examines in depth a subject’s linguistic knowledge and performance in syntax, morphology, and semantics, and sub-modules within these components. The CYCLE is well suited for use in research or clinical settings. It provides information on a subject’s performance allowing the researcher or clinician to target classes of structures for assessment and remediation.

The CYCLE focuses on linguistic rather than nonlinguistic knowledge. As much as possible, its design reduces the contribution of nonlinguistic factors to linguistic performance, such as unfamiliarity with vocabulary, difficulty understanding the task, or difficulty with picture interpretation.

The CYCLE is appropriate for children, adolescents, and adults with:

  • language delay
  • autism
  • genetic anomalies
  • cognitive impairments
  • Specific Language Impairment (SLI)
  • brain damage
  • hearing impairment
  • acquired aphasia
  • dementia