Elizabeth Carrow-Woolfolk

Elizabeth Carrow's best known contributions to the field of child language are her published tests. In particular, she developed a standardized test for measuring comprehension of language in children. It was among the first in the field that emphasized linguistic forms. It was developed in 1971 and is still used widely. Her other tests are Oral and Written Language Scales (OWLS) and the Comprehensive Assessment of Spoken Language, Carrow Elicited Language Inventory, and Carrow Auditory and Visual Abilities Test.

MA in Educational Psychology from the University of Texas.

Ph.D. in Speech Pathology from Northwestern University.

Postgraduate work in linguistics at Indiana University.

Founded the Harry Jersig Speech and Hearing Center, Our Lady of the Lake College and served as its director from 1955 to 1968.

Professor of Speech at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas. Carrow initiated a Masters Program at Our Lady of the Lake University and later served as Vice President.

Baylor College of Medicine, Department of Otolaryngology, head of Speech Pathology Program. Started speech pathology services at 3 Houston hospitals

University of Texas, head of the Communication Disorder Program

Private Practice

Editor of Journal of Speech and Hearing Disorders for 6 years

Featured in the column Focus, ASHA, Sept. 1988, vol 30, #9, p. 14.


Carrow, E. (1971). Test for Auditory Comprehension of Language. Boston, Mass.: Teaching Resources Corporation.

Carrow, E. (1972). Assessment of speech and language in children. In J. McLean & D. Yoder & R. Schiefelbusch (Eds.), Language intervention with the retarded (pp. 52-88). Baltimore, MD: University Park Press.

Carrow-Woolfolk, E. (1980). Teaching reading through an auditory method. Houston TX: Communication Press.

Carrow-Woolfolk, E. (1988). Theory, assessment and intervention in language disorders: An integrative approach. Philadelphia, PA: Grune & Stratton.