Fluharty vs. PLS-4 Preschool Speech Language Screening

by Mimi
(United States)

I just stumbled upon this website and love it! I have a question regarding speech/language screening test for preschool age.

Would you recommend the PLS-4 Screening Test or Fluharty Preschool Speech and Language Screening Test? Your input would be much appreciated!

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Mar 20, 2013
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HomeSpeechHome's Speech and Language Screenings
by: Luke from HomeSpeechHome

Mimi,

Thanks for the great question. I have more experience with the PLS-4 screening, so out of the 2 options you said I would probably choose that one.

However, I am extremely biased toward our very own speech and language screeners which are very quick, comprehensive, and online.

You can access them free...forever...at...

http://www.home-speech-home.com/speech-language-screening.html

Have a great day!

Luke
HomeSpeechHome.com

Feb 28, 2013
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I've Used Both
by: Anonymous

I don't have a preference. I've also used the DIAL4, and a screener I found at mommyspeechtherapy.com I don't think it really matters.

Please don't call a screener a test.

A screen is not a test. A true screen merely indicates pass/fail, and tells you whether or not you need to pursue it further.

I realize the Fluharty gives a standard score (so does the DIAL4), but this really is fairly meaningless.

It's still just a screen.

I'm not trying to nitpick, but parents use the terms screen, test, evaluation, assessment interchageably all the time.

Parents tell me their child has had a speech evaluation, and all that's really happened is someone sat down and made the child say 10 words.

If something can be done in 10 minutes, it's not an evaluation.

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