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Developmental Indicators for the Assessment of Learning, Fourth Edition (DIAL-4)

Carol Mardell, PhD & Dorothea S. Goldenberg, EdD

Assess all five areas of early childhood development easily and efficiently.

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Age range: 2:6-5:11

Qualification level: B

Year: 2011

Administration time: 30-45 Minutes

Administration type: individual or Group

New features help predict academic success in young children.
As much as you’ve enjoyed using DIAL™-3 for quickly screening large groups of young children, the DIAL™-4 delivers even greater benefits! Updates offer early childhood professionals further advantages with time-saving testing, easier administration, and enhanced reliability. DIAL-4 has been re-designed, re-normed and now for use with ages 2:6 to 5:11!

Users & Applications

DIAL-4 is used by:

  • Preschools and Kindergartens
  • Early childhood specialists
  • Educational and Developmental Psychologists  
  • Speech Language Pathologists
  • Occupational Therapists

Content & Administration

To give you comprehensive information, DIAL-4 provides scores for all five early childhood areas:

  1. Motor area: Gross Motor items include catching, jumping, hopping, and skipping. Fine Motor items include building with blocks, cutting, copying shapes and letters, writing, and a popular finger touching task.

  2. Language area: Items include answering simple personal questions (name, age, and sex), articulation, naming (expressive) or identifying (receptive) objects and actions, plus phonemic awareness tasks such as rhyming and “I Spy.”

  3. Concepts area: Items include pointing to named body parts, naming or identifying colors, rote counting, counting blocks, identifying concepts in a triad of pictures, and sorting shapes. Includes an item that assesses automatic naming of objects, a skill that is associated with potential learning disabilities.

  4. Self-help development: Looks at the child’s development of personal care skills related to dressing, eating, and grooming.

  5. Social development: Looks at the child’s development of social skills with other children and parents, including rule compliance, sharing, self-control, and empathy.

Materials

  • Training materials
  • Manual
  • Easy-to-follow Operator’s Handbooks
  • Lightweight, one-piece dials
  • Separate zippered bags for each developmental area assessed
  • Easy-to-use carrying bag
  • Teacher Questionnaire—Offers the opportunity for teacher feedback
  • Parent Questionnaire—Helps gather information about the child’s health history, background, and development of self-help and social skills
  • Report to Parents—Helps facilitate discussion with parents and caregivers about their child’s progress
  • Optional Parent-Child Activity Form—Suggests activities parents can use to help their child improve motor, language, concepts, self-help, and social skills
  • Speed Dial Screener included in each DIAL 4 Kit -save even more time with a shortened version of DIAL-4. Speed DIAL is appropriate for quick screening in smaller settings such as departments of public health, pediatric offices, health fairs, homes, and classrooms

Scoring & Reporting

DIAL-4 provides standard deviation and percentile cut-off points by chronological age at two-month intervals for total and area scores—Motor, Concepts, Language, Self-Help, and Social Development. Percentile ranks and standard scores are also provided.

Scoring & Reporting using Q-global
Accessible from any computer connected to the Internet, Q-global helps administrators quickly and efficiently:

  • Upload child information into the system via a csv file
  • Enter raw scores
  • Generate accurate reports for individual children or groups of children
  • Securely access assessment information

This scoring and reporting system is designed for entering raw scores from the paper based record form only. You will not be able to administer the DIAL-4 online using this program.

View a Webinar Recording on the DIAL 4

An Introduction to the DIAL 4 and Speed DIAL 4

Duration: 60 minutes

>>Download Slides

TO WATCH THIS WEBINAR NOW, CLICK HERE!

 

 

 

Technical Information

Q-global® Administration Options

This product is available on Q-global with the following administration options:

Manual Entry - Scoring and Reporting Only (ME)

These assessments are administered in paper-pencil format only, and can be scored by entering raw data into Q Global for scoring and reporting.

If you would like more information, please visit the Q-global product page,www.pearsonclinical.com.au/qglobal

New features help predict academic success in young children.

As much as you’ve enjoyed using DIAL™-3 for quickly screening large groups of young children, the DIAL™-4 delivers even greater benefits! Updates offer early childhood professionals further advantages with time-saving testing, easier administration, and enhanced reliability. DIAL-4 has been re-designed, re-normed and now for use with ages 2:6 to 5:11!

Users & Applications

DIAL-4 is used by:

  • Preschools and Kindergartens
  • Early childhood specialists
  • Educational and Developmental Psychologists  
  • Speech Language Pathologists
  • Occupational Therapists

Content & Administration

To give you comprehensive information, DIAL-4 provides scores for all five early childhood areas:

  1. Motor area: Gross Motor items include catching, jumping, hopping, and skipping. Fine Motor items include building with blocks, cutting, copying shapes and letters, writing, and a popular finger touching task.

  2. Language area: Items include answering simple personal questions (name, age, and sex), articulation, naming (expressive) or identifying (receptive) objects and actions, plus phonemic awareness tasks such as rhyming and “I Spy.”

  3. Concepts area: Items include pointing to named body parts, naming or identifying colors, rote counting, counting blocks, identifying concepts in a triad of pictures, and sorting shapes. Includes an item that assesses automatic naming of objects, a skill that is associated with potential learning disabilities.

  4. Self-help development: Looks at the child’s development of personal care skills related to dressing, eating, and grooming.

  5. Social development: Looks at the child’s development of social skills with other children and parents, including rule compliance, sharing, self-control, and empathy.

Materials

  • Training materials
  • Manual
  • Easy-to-follow Operator’s Handbooks
  • Lightweight, one-piece dials
  • Separate zippered bags for each developmental area assessed
  • Easy-to-use carrying bag
  • Teacher Questionnaire—Offers the opportunity for teacher feedback
  • Parent Questionnaire—Helps gather information about the child’s health history, background, and development of self-help and social skills
  • Report to Parents—Helps facilitate discussion with parents and caregivers about their child’s progress
  • Optional Parent-Child Activity Form—Suggests activities parents can use to help their child improve motor, language, concepts, self-help, and social skills
  • Speed Dial Screener included in each DIAL 4 Kit -save even more time with a shortened version of DIAL-4. Speed DIAL is appropriate for quick screening in smaller settings such as departments of public health, pediatric offices, health fairs, homes, and classrooms

Scoring & Reporting

DIAL-4 provides standard deviation and percentile cut-off points by chronological age at two-month intervals for total and area scores—Motor, Concepts, Language, Self-Help, and Social Development. Percentile ranks and standard scores are also provided.

Scoring & Reporting using Q-global
Accessible from any computer connected to the Internet, Q-global helps administrators quickly and efficiently:

  • Upload child information into the system via a csv file
  • Enter raw scores
  • Generate accurate reports for individual children or groups of children
  • Securely access assessment information

This scoring and reporting system is designed for entering raw scores from the paper based record form only. You will not be able to administer the DIAL-4 online using this program.

View a Webinar Recording on the DIAL 4

An Introduction to the DIAL 4 and Speed DIAL 4

Duration: 60 minutes

>>Download Slides

TO WATCH THIS WEBINAR NOW, CLICK HERE!