Test Review: PLS-5 English
The PLS-5 is designed for use with children aged birth through 7;11 to assess language development and identify children who have a language delay or disorder. The test aims to identify receptive and expressive language skills in the areas of attention, gesture, play, vocal development, social communication, vocabulary, concepts, language structure, integrative language, and emergent literacy (Examiner’s Manual, pg. 3).The PLS-5 aids the clinician in determining strengths and weaknesses in these areas in order to determine the presence and type of language disorder (e.g. receptive, expressive, and mixed), eligibility for services and to design interventions based on norm-referenced and criterion referenced scores. Although it is not intended to determine if a child is gifted, it may provide appropriate supplemental information regarding their language development.