Introduction: The Photograph Assessment of Early Language Skills (PAELS) is an informal assessment tool that assesses early language skills in children and adults with developmental delays or cognitive impairments. Concrete photographs are arranged in simple formats for ease of use with individuals that are easily distracted or have difficulty with picture representations. Each language skill is scored separately to allow examiners to select the sections that meet individual needs. Skills are evaluated both receptively and expressively. However, receptive and expressive tasks may be assessed separately if needed. Information from this assessment may be used to supplement formal testing measures and help select new instructional objectives. As an informal assessment tool it can be repeated as often as desired to track instructional progress. PAELS was not developed for use as a therapy tool and should not be used in instruction prior to assessing.
PAELS assesses early language skills including common nouns, common actions, functions, colors, shapes, categories, opposites, prepositions, associations, parts/whole, negatives, yes/no questions, wh- questions, and sequencing.
PDF includes testing materials and response form. Testing materials may be used in print or in pdf format digitally on a computer or tablet. The sequencing activity can only be completed in print (cut, laminate, and velcro pictures to use on included visual organizer). I recommend color printing all the materials then getting them durably laminated and spiral bound at Staples, Office Depot, etc.
All photographs are used with permission through a standard license from iStockphoto, 2011. Purchase of this assessment through TeachersPayTeachers allows for the purchaser to use the materials in digital or printed format. Materials may not be reproduced or copied. Additional users must purchase a license.