The Items

This fourth edition of the Reynell Developmental Language Scales retains a mix of play-based activities with a range of stimulus material. The items have been selected as they are universally-known items that children should find easy to identify, such as a table and chair, a duck, an apple and a ball.

New for the fourth edition is a trio of appealing characters – monkey, teddy and rabbit – that children can handle and ‘direct’ as they carry out many of the assessment tasks. For example, sections of the Comprehension Scale might ask the child to ‘make monkey sit down’ or ‘put teddy in front of the truck’. The child will also use the characters to point at items in the picture books. The Production Scale requires the child to explain what the characters are doing as the tester manipulates them.

The items keep children engaged in the assessment. The new characters are also featured in illustrations throughout the picture books and so provide a link between sections of the test. Therefore, it is necessary to produce items as exciting novelties in order to help maintain attention. For this reason, it is important to have a table for the test material in use, to ensure that all materials are cleared before starting on a new section, and that materials which are not being used are kept out of sight of the child.

The full range of items are available as part of the Complete Set.

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