What’s the difference between CELF-4 & CELF-5 A&NZ: Everything SLPs need to know

The eagerly awaited new edition of the leading assessment tool for speech language pathologists is here!

CELF-5 A&NZ is a Gold Standard assessment tool that helps to identify strengths and weaknesses in the language skills of children and teenagers from ages 5 to 21.

It’s been 12 years since Pearson Clinical released the last edition (CELF-4) and you can expect a lot of exciting and beneficial updates – from changes to testing, new ways to score students, to refreshed images, and updated normative data that’s now in line with the latest Australian and New Zealand census.

Read on to learn more about the latest edition, in collaboration with clinical and research experts at the forefront of speech pathology.

What’s new in CELF-5 A&NZ?

It’s been 12 years since Pearson Clinical released the last edition (CELF-4) and you can expect a lot of exciting and beneficial updates – from changes to testing, new ways to score students, to refreshed images, and updated normative data that’s now in line with the latest Australian and New Zealand census.

Aligned to speech pathology and speech language therapy practice trends

We've added literacy tests for reading and writing comprehension, as well as activities to assess student’s skills in authentic, interactive situations.

Improved user friendliness

You’ll find streamlined instructions and forms, and restructured testing and scoring to reduce administrative times.

Refreshed images and language

Technology that students use today is vastly different to 12 years ago; images and language used across CELF-5 A&NZ more accurately reflect the environment and world of students today.

Updated normative data

Demographic information and population changes from the latest Australian and New Zealand census are now reflected in our normative data for more accurate scoring.  

Expanded digital options

Try our new web-based digital version for desktop and laptop computer through Q-Global. Or simply choose to administer assessments with your clients on iPads for ease of scoring (coming in September 2017). The benefits of going digital means that you save on time with digital scoring and reporting, you spend more time with your client, as well as not having to lug around a heavy toolkit.

 

New scoring method

Feedback from clinicians highlighted the importance of tracking and measuring student progress, not just against their peer group’s normative data, but also against a student’s individual results. With the introduction of the Growth Scale Value (GSV) it’s now easier to measure how students are responding to intervention treatments.

Why is it important to upgrade?

While there is a grace period of 18 months before CELF-4 is officially out of date (Dec 2018), clinicians recommend upgrading to CELF-5 A&NZ sooner rather than later.  

As technology, language and demographic information changes, the images, words and normative data of previous editions becomes less relevant and recognisable to today’s students. To help you create accurate intervention strategies, and continue to gain funding through NDIS, it’s important to use the most up-to-date products and tools available.

Need more information?

We've put together a brochure covering the full revisions and updates of CELF-5 A&NZ.

Have a specific question or need further help? Contact us by phone or email.


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