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Preschool Language Scales - Fifth Edition (PLS-5)
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Supplemental: Cerebral Palsy (CP) and Mitochondrial Disease (Mito)
Short Description of Instrument
The Preschool Language Scales - Fifth Edition (PLS-5) is an interactive instrument used to assess language delays or disorders in children from birth up to age 8. Consisting of two standardized scales, Auditory Comprehension and Expressive Communication, the PLS-5 has been used in both clinical and research settings. In clinical practice the test has been used to assess language skills and monitor progress in grammatical language. (Finestack & Satterlund, 2018) In research settings the PLS-5 has been used to measure levels or gains in language abilities among children with autism spectrum disorder or hearing deficits. (Bourque et al., 2019; Hsiao et al., 2021)
Scoring and Psychometric Properties
Scoring: Total language, auditory comprehension, expressive communication standard scores, growth scores, percentile ranks, language age equivalents.
Psychometric Properties: See Hsiao et al., 2021 for psychometric properties information.
Key Reference:
Zimmerman IL, Steiner VG, Pond E. Preschool Language Scales - Fifth Edition (PLS-5). San Antonio, TX: Pearson; 2011.
Additional References:
Bourque KS, Goldstein H. Expanding Communication Modalities and Functions for Preschoolers With Autism Spectrum Disorder: Secondary Analysis of a Peer Partner Speech-Generating Device Intervention. J Speech Lang Hear Res. 2019 Dec 19;63(1):190-205.
Columbia University. Test Review: Preschool Language Scales-Fifth Edition (PLS-5). Accessed 26 January 2024. Available from:
Finestack LH, Satterlund KE. Current Practice of Child Grammar Intervention: A Survey of Speech-Language Pathologists. Am J Speech Lang Pathos. 2018 Nov 21;27(4):1329-1351.
Hsiao YY, Qi CH, Hoy R, Dale PS, Stump GS, Davison MD, Xia Y. Hierarchy and Reliability of the Preschool Language Scales-Fifth Edition: Moken Scale Analysis. J Speech Lang Hear Res. 2021 Oct 4;64(10):3983-3994.
Document last updated March 2024