The Latest and Greatest Assessments for Children Ages 3-5
This fall at
the preschool where I practice, we have had an unusually high number of
children in need of full evaluations all for various reasons. For some, they
were simply due for their re-evaluations which happen every 2 years at this age
in our district. For others, we had decided as a team that several children
were in need of a more structured placement to help them become more
successful. In our district, anytime you are deciding to possibly place a child
in a "more restrictive" environment, a full and complete evaluation with the
permission of the parents is required and necessary, as well as an updated
Some of the
assessments I have been mostly using include:
Goldman-Fristoe Test of Articulation - Second Edition Despite being published in
2000, it appears to still be the best option for assessing articulation
delays in children.
(Developmental Assessment of Young Children) A developmental scale I
mainly use at this age level for a child who is particularly difficult to
assess for various reasons. It allows the examiner to rely on observation,
daily performance and parent/teacher interviews to achieve a complete look
at the student if they do not have a solid ability to attend, answer
questions, follow directions, etc.
Evaluation of Language Fundamentals - Preschool, Second Edition (CELF-P2 )
to use the CELF-P2 when the PLS-4 is used by another therapist and I need a
different assessment for the same child. I find the test to be somewhat
long and time-consuming; however, it is very thorough and will give a nice
overview of the child's receptive and expressive language skills.
Preschool Language Scale - 4th Edition (PLS-4) I love the PLS-4. I find it
easy to administer and I feel that my results are an accurate assessment
of the child's skills. I also like that it has a wide age range (birth to
6 years). A fifth version of the PLS was released earlier this year;
however, we have not purchased it yet at our school nor was I able to
locate it on ASHA's current assessment list at this time.
*Has anyone bought and/or used
the PLS-5th edition yet?
Each of the
four assessments noted above are also found at http://www.asha.org/assessments.aspx
as well as a complete list of assessments. According to the ASHA website, "This resource is
published by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association to support practitioners
in their efforts to keep their knowledge and skills current in a broad range of
administrative and clinical areas."
the assessment tools you use and prefer!