Using PLS-5 Spanish Dual Language Scores to Assess Spanish Speaking Children
Marie Sepulveda, MS CCC-SLP and Nancy Castijella, MA CCC-SLP will present a complimentary webinar entitled “Using PLS-5 Spanish Dual Language Scores to Assess Spanish Speaking Children” on September 5, 2012 from 1:00 – 2:00 EDT.
PLS™-5 Spanish streamlines the process of assessing language skills in children who speak both Spanish and English, yielding dual language scores that reflect abilities across both languages.
Bilingual children’s language skills are often assessed first in L1, then in L2. However, testing one language at a time often results in an underestimation of ability. Research using dual language scoring to assess children’s combined language ability with a PLS-5 Spanish will be presented.
At the completion of the webinar, participants will be able to:
- Describe two current best practices when assessing bilingual children
- Describe one problem related to administration of separate English and Spanish norm-referenced assessments
- Describe how dual language scoring assists clinicians to differentiate bilingual children with typically developing language skills from bilingual children with a language disorder
About the Presenters
Marie Sepulveda, Research Director in the Clinical Assessment group at Pearson, has worked with culturally and linguistically diverse children as a speech-language pathologist for over 17 years. Marie has worked on PLS-5 Spanish and the PLS-5 English and Spanish Screening Tests.
Nancy Castilleja is Senior Product Manager at Pearson Assessment. Prior to this role, Nancy was a Senior Research Director at Harcourt Assessment, directing development of preschool assessments (PLS-3 and PLS-4) and Spanish assessments (PLS-4 Spanish, CELF-4 Spanish). Nancy has experience working with children and adults in community and school settings. She has presented at state and national conferences on the early childhood assessment and bilingual assessment issues.
This course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).
Program completion requirements: Participants in this program must meet the time requirements for module completion and webinar participation. Individuals who do not meet time requirements will not be recommended for ASA CEUs. No partial credit will be provided.
Nancy Castilleja, MA CCC-SLP and Marie Sepulveda, MS CCC-SLP are speech-language pathologists employed by Pearson Assessment.
No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.
The Pearson Assessments Division has developed assessments trademarked as the PLS™. This course will focus exclusively on PLS™-5 Spanish and will only cover information that pertains to the appropriate use of the test.