Preschool Language Scales, Fifth Edition - Australian and New Zealand Language Adapted Edition (PLS-5)

An interactive, play-based assessment of language skills from birth to 7 years 11 months

By Irla Lee Zimmerman, PhD, Violette G. Steiner, BS & Roberta Evatt Pond, MA

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Year
2012
Age range
Birth to 7 years 11 months
Administration time
45-60 minutes
Administration type
Individual
Overview

 

The PLS-5 is a comprehensive developmental language assessment, providing you with reliable and trusted information about language skills for children up to 7 years 11 months.

The PLS-5 is an interactive, play-based assessment featuring:

  • Progress tracking using Growth Scores
  • Items to address a wider variety of early play behaviours
  • Better elicit target responses
  • Streamlined administration with minimised transitions between the play and picture pointing tasks
  • Colourful instructions to engage children
  • The brief Articulation Screener, enabling targeting of multiple phonemes within words
  • More plastic manipulatives (including Mr. Bear!) so they can be wiped clean after each administration
Items & Pricing
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Hand Scoring Kits

ISBN Title User Level Price
9780158659893 PLS-5 Complete Manipulative's Kit (WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD - Small parts. Not for Children under 3 years) S $250.00 Login to purchase
9781922021175 PLS-5 Australian & New Zealand Language Adapted Edition - Complete Kit with Manipulatives includes: Examiner's Manual, Administration Scoring Manual, Picture Manual, Record Forms (25), Home Communication Questionnaire (25), and Complete Manipulatives Kit (WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD - Small parts. Not for Children under 3 years) S $725.00 Login to purchase
9781922021113 PLS-5 Australian & New Zealand Language Adapted Edition - Basic Kit includes: Examiner's Manual, Administration Scoring Manual, Picture Manual, Home Communication Questionnaire (25), and Record Forms (25) S $549.00 Login to purchase

Forms and Booklets

ISBN Title User Level Price
9781922021120 PLS-5 Australian & New Zealand Language Adapted Edition Record Forms (25) S $213.00 Login to purchase
9781922021137 PLS-5 Australian & New Zealand Language Adapted Edition Home Communication Questionnaire (25) S $21.00 Login to purchase

Additional Materials

ISBN Title User Level Price
9781922021168 PLS 5 Australian and New Zealand Language Adaped Administration and Scoring Manual S $210.00 Login to purchase
9781922021151 PLS-5 Australian and New Zealand Language Adaped Picture Manual S $320.00 Login to purchase
9781922021144 PLS-5 Australian and New Zealand Language Adaped Examiner's Manual S $110.00 Login to purchase

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Technical Information

Technical Information

(U.S. kit is pictured)

Content & Administration

  • Administer PLS-5 to test a full range of language skills across the developmental language spectrum
  • Link the Home Communication Questionnaire items directly to test tasks to serve as a baseline for testing. This frees testing time for observing natural interactions between parents and children from Birth–2:0.
  • Address the needs of children up to 8 years of age who have severe, persistent deficits such as autism or severe developmental delays

Use PLS-5 to:

  • Target interaction, attention, vocal/gestural behaviours, and different levels of play for children from Birth to 2:11
  • Assess preschoolers with new items for letter naming and book handling, and updated school readiness skills
  • Target language skills that tap Theory of Mind and emergent literacy skills for 6- and 7-year-olds
  • Assess children at age 7 with 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

PLS-5 Items: Changes from PLS-4 during U.S. Development

Changes from PLS4

Features & Benefits

  • NEW! Track progress using Growth Scores to monitor a child’s skills from Birth through to 7:11
  • Address a wider variety of early play behaviours
  • Better elicit target responses due to test item modifications that are based on examiner feedback
  • Minimise 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, colourful illustrations
  • Target multiple phonemes within words using the brief Articulation Screener, which now includes picture stimuli
  • Many of the manipulatives are plastic (including Mr. Bear!) so they can be wiped clean after each administration

Areas Assessed

Psychometric Information

  • 1,400 children participated in the standardisation normative sample, collected in more than 45 states in the United States
  • Norms are reported for 3-month intervals for children Birth to 11 months and 6-month intervals for ages 12 months through to 7 years, 11 months
  • 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)
  • Case studies include children identified as high risk (environmental risk) and children identified with autism
  • Multiple reviews for bias were conducted throughout the test development. Nationally recognised U.S. experts in assessment and bias issues conducted a thorough review of test items and art. An additional sample of African American and Hispanic children were tested to conduct the statistical analysis of bias.
  • Split half reliabilities range from .80 to .97. Sensitivity for the Total Language score is .83; and specificity is .80.

Materials

In addition to the Examiner's Manual, Administration Scoring Manual, Picture Manual, Record Forms, and Home Communication Questionnaire, the following manipulatives are needed for administration:

PLS-5 manipulatives

Product Resources
Webinars

Accurately interpreting test results when assessing pre-schoolers
An overview of the PLS-5 and CELF P-2 development to assist clinicians to better understand the test items, research samples, and test results. 
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