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Test Review: PLS-5 English

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Created: Mon, 11/25/2013 - 21:59
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Test reviews seek to provide detailed and accurate information about commercially available, standardized speech and language and psychological assessments. Information within the test reviews comes from the test manuals provided by test designers and incorporates law and policy as well as relevant research to determine the validity of the test as a measure of speech and language abilities for individuals from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Test reviews also outline pertinent psychometrics, such as discriminant accuracy and reliability, and discuss potential biases.

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.