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Can you suggest a vocabulary test for the Early Years?

Vocabulary tests require speech pathology qualifications to purchase and also to administer. There isn't a 'teacher' version of a vocabulary test that PLD can suggest
PLD however, provides a range of speech pathology designed assessments. These will be outlined below. While they do not exclusively focus upon vocabulary, each of these assessments will quickly identify students who require a referral to a speech pathologist.

1. Within each comprehension questions program there are short comprehension questions assessments. Each assessment takes around 3-5 minutes to administer. It is recommended that you do not write in front of children, but rather record their responses and then transcribe the responses later. Below is one of the programs with direct links to all of the other programs: Please note that you can preview the entire book and hence the assessments located in the rear of each booklet.

2. There are semantic assessments within the Semantic Scenes and Questioning programs: Vocabulary is an aspect of semantic knowledge and so the screen will provide insights into vocabulary knowledge, and importantly the program provides a medium to develop poor vocabulary that may been identified. The ten minute language games also outline basic vocabulary for 3 1/2 to 4 1/2/ year olds and basic vocabulary for 4 1/2 to 5 1/2/ year olds

3. The PLD speech screen will identify within minutes the students who have non-age appropriate speech sound errors.

The follow checklist takes minutes to complete and will highlight the areas of concern within the classroom. Deficient skills identified in any of the areas within the checklist, typically constitutes a referral.

Check out our other FAQ on vocabulary:

Updated on: 21/02/2020

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