RESCA-E, Receptive, Expressive & Social Communication Assessment - Elementary

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RESCA-E, Receptive, Expressive & Social Communication Assessment - Elementary

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Patricia Hamaguchi, Deborah Ross-Swain

Based on current research and designed for today’s child, the RESCA–E was developed to provide essential information to professionals and parents about a child’s receptive, expressive, and social communication language skills. It targets critical areas of language development which are often included in IEPs and treatment plans but are difficult or impossible to objectively measure with existing tests for the elementary-age population.

The RESCA–E combines standardised tests with informal observation across different settings to give a more complete picture of a child’s communication skills.

The RESCA–E has 14 components, organised into three cores. Subtests can be selectively utilised to target specific skill areas. The three cores, their component subtests, and associated supplemental subtests are:


Three subtests target receptive language at the word, sentence, and narrative levels:

  • Comprehension of Vocabulary and Concepts
  • Comprehension of Oral Direction Concepts
  • Comprehension of Stories and Questions

Receptive Supplemental Subtests

Two supplemental subtests provide more detailed information:

  • Comprehension of Basic Morphology and Syntax Concepts
  • Executing Oral Directions


Three subtests target expressive language at the word, sentence, and narrative levels:

  • Expressive Labelling of Vocabulary and Concepts
  • Expressive Skills for Describing and Explaining
  • Narrative Skills

Expressive Supplemental Subtests

  • Expressive Use of Basic Morphology and Syntax Concepts


Three subtests make up the Social Communication Core. These are supplemented by one optional subtest (Elicited Body Language) and an observational scale to provide information about both a child’s “testable” social-language knowledge and also his or her observed social behaviour in the real world:

  • Comprehension of Body Language and Vocal Emotion
  • Social and Language Inference
  • Situational Language Use

Social Communication Supplemental Subtest:

  • Elicited Body Language

Social Communication Observational Scale:

  • Social Communication Inventory (SCI)

The SCI is a 28-item behaviour rating scale that gathers information on how a child interacts with others across settings. It provides a more holistic picture of a child’s social communication skills and can be completed by either parents or professionals.

Data collection was based on a nationally representative sample of 825 children ages 5-0 through 12-11 years. Results of reliability and validity studies are provided in the technical manual.

Administration and Scoring

RESCA–E core subtests can be administered in one hour or less. Scaled scores are provided for subtests; standard scores are provided for cores and the overall score. Discrepancy scores allow comparison of performance across subtests.

Click on the external link button to watch a short video on the RESCA-E