Why Use the New Reynell Developmental Language Scales?

The New Reynell Developmental Language Scales (NRDLS) is the fourth edition of a popular assessment used daily by therapists to identify speech and language delays and impairments in young children. The Scales have been revised, improved and newly standardised on more than 1,200 children in the UK.

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The Reynell Developmental Language Scales have been widely used for many years by clinicians, educationalists and researchers as a means of gaining an overview of child’s language ability, for guiding intervention and to evaluate the effectiveness of those interventions. It is accepted as a reliable tool of assessment and is highly regarded in research, medical and educational circles as well as by speech and language therapists.

As in the previous editions, there are two scales in the New Reynell Developmental Language Scales: one explores aspects of a child’s understanding of selected vocabulary items and grammatical features (the Comprehension Scale); and the other examines the child’s production of the same features of language (the Production Scale). Parallel sections within the scales aid comparison of a child’s comprehension and production skills.

This fourth edition retains a mix of play-based activities with a range of stimulus material which includes a trio of new appealing characters that children can handle and ‘direct’ as they carry out many of the assessment tasks. Attractive, full colour illustrations add to the appeal of the New Reynell Developmental Language Scales.

Illustration from the picture booksSuitable for children aged 3 years to 7 years 6 months, the NRDLS provides diagnostic information about a child’s production and understanding of spoken language. A highlight of the many benefits of the new edition is the Multilingual Toolkit, an additional handbook giving guidance on how to adapt and use the NRDLS with children for whom English is an Additional Language.

Find out more about the features and benefits of the new edition

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