This play-based assessment comprehensive, reliable, and trusted information about language skills for children birth through age 7.
- Address a wider variety of early play behaviors.
- Better elicit target responses due to test item modifications that are based on examiner feedback.
- Minimize transitions between the play and picture pointing tasks now that test items with manipulatives are grouped to streamline administration.
- Engage children with the new Picture Manual featuring large, colorful illustrations.
- Target multiple phonemes within words using the brief Articulation Screener, which now includes picture stimuli.
- Track progress using Growth Scores to monitor a child’s skills from Birth through age 7:11.
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PLS-5 provides assessment of preschoolers with new items for letter naming and book handling, and updated school readiness skills. Approximately 25 percent of PLS-5 items are new, 50% have been modified, and 25% are unchanged from PLS-4.
- The standardization sample matches updated U.S. Census figures for region, race/ethnicity, and level of caregiver education.
- Clinical studies include a developmental delay study and three language disorder studies (children with receptive language disorder, expressive language disorder, and both receptive and expressive disorder).
- Includes new language tasks such as assessing use of irregular plurals and synonyms, constructing sentences using two or three target words in the sentence, and answering questions about a story.
- Many of the manipulatives are plastic (including “Mr. Bear”) so they can be wiped clean after each administration.