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ERIC Number: EJ904473
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Aug
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 75
ISSN: ISSN-1080-4013
The Role of a Language Scale for Infant and Preschool Assessment
Zimmerman, Irla Lee; Castilleja, Nancy Flores
Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Research Reviews, v11 n3 p238-246 Aug 2005
The PLS-4 (Preschool Language Scale, 4th edition) is a psychometrically sound instrument constructed to assess language skills in children from birth to 6 years 11 months. It is a useful diagnostic and research tool that can be used to identify current comprehension and expressive language skills and can measure changes in language skills over time. The test is individually administered and includes tasks that assess skills in the areas of preverbal behaviors, as well as linguistic skills in the areas of semantics, morphology, syntax, integrative language skills, and preliteracy skills. Extensive reliability and validity evidence are presented. The test has been used extensively in research examining language development of young children from different home environments, children with identified medical conditions, and children participating in a variety of habilitation and intervention programs. Both the previous edition (PLS-3) and the new PLS-4 English and Spanish editions are used extensively in clinical, medical, and research settings to examine developmental language patterns of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Education for All Handicapped Children Act; Education of the Handicapped Act 1986 (Part H); Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Amendments 1997
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Preschool Language Scale