Language Screening

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Children learn skills important for reading and writing during early speech and language development. Our standardized language screening test is used to help determine if a child's language skills are developing normally or if he or she is in need of further assessment of language abilities.

 

CELF-5

 

The CELF-5 (Clinical Evaluation of Language Fundamentals-5th Edition Screening Test) is a research-based, individually administered clinical tool designed to screen students, ages 5 years 0 months through 21 years 11 months, for language disorders. This test is designed to assist in identifying individuals who may need further assessment of their language abilities, and screens a child’s skills in morphology (word structure rules), syntax (grammar) and semantics (word meaning), using age appropriate test items.

Ages 5-8
Word Structure: the child is shown pictures and prompted to answer questions that screen his/her knowledge of rules for extending word meaning (e.g., verb + ing).
Word Classes: the child is shown pictures and prompted to answer questions that screen his/her knowledge of semantics and relationships between words (e.g., "which one does not belong?").

Ages 5-21
Following directions: the student is shown pictures and given verbal directions to screen short term memory and sequencing skills (e.g., "point to the first [ _ ] after you point to the [ _ ].").
Recalling sentences: the student is asked to repeat sentences of increasing length and complexity to screen short term memory of meaning, word structure, and sentence structure.

Ages 9-21
Sentence Assembly: the student is asked to produce grammatically correct and semantically correct sentences when shown different words or word groups.
Semantic Relationships: the student is asked to choose correct answers from word problems that are read aloud to screen vocabulary, morphology, and syntax.
Word Classes: the student is asked to identify related words and the nature of the relationships between sets of words that are read aloud to screen for word categorization and semantics.

 

PLS-5

 

The PLS-5 Screening Test (Preschool Language Scale - 5th Edition Screening Test) is used to identify children, from birth to age 7.11, who are at risk for a language disorder or may need further assessment of language abilities. Speech and language development has been related to school success. This test is designed to be a first step in an assessment process but it can also be used to monitor children who have been dismissed from language therapy.
The PLS-5 Screening test is not designed to provide a diagnosis of speech or language disability, determine the degree of impairment of speech or language abilities, or to identify specific strengths or weaknesses. It is intended to differentiate a child who appears to be developing language skills normally from a child who needs in-depth assessment to determine if he or she has a language disorder. For KidScreen purposes, we prefer to us this test on children 3.0-7.11 years of age.

- At 3 years of age, the PLS-5 Screening Test assesses whether a child recognizes action in pictures (who is eating?), understands negatives in sentences (show me the box with no toys), can name a variety of pictures objects, uses plurals, and produces 4-5 word sentences. 
- At 4 years of age, the PLS-5 Screening Test assesses whether a child understands sentences with further details or descriptions of nouns, (show me the black kitten), understands pronouns, tells how an object is used (what do you do with a pencil), uses possessives, and answers questions about problem-solving situations.
- At 5 years of age, the PLS-5 Screening Test assesses whether a child can point to letters, understands complex sentences, uses possessive pronouns, formulates meaningful, grammatically correct questions, uses phrases to describe nouns/objects, and names categories.
- At 6 years of age, the PLS-5 Screening Test assesses whether a child understands quantitative concepts, identifies a picture that does not belong, identifies words that rhyme, can give a reason when asked a ‘why’ question, repairs sentences that do not make sense, and repeats increasingly complex sentences.
- At 7 years of age, the PLS-5 Screening test looks to see if a child understands prefixes, identifies a word that does not belong in a category, formulates sentences when given specific words, uses synonyms, and uses irregular plurals. 

 

 

 

 

 

Understanding Your Child’s Screening Report

Pass- Results of the language screening indicate that language development appears to be age appropriate.

Refer- Results of the language screening indicate that responses for one or more tests did not meet screening criteria. Refer to Marion Downs Center, Child Find, or a speech-language pathologist of your choice for a complete evaluation. 

Rescreen- Results indicate that responses could not be obtained for one or more required tests to complete the language screening. Call Marion Downs Center at 303-322-1871 to discuss these results.