Sold in a package of 20, these ITALK forms are part of the Bilingual English-Spanish Assessment (BESA), a language assessment for use with children ages 4 through 6 years who have varying degrees of bilingualism. Completed by the examiner as a parent and teacher interview, the 10-minute ITALK addresses relative use of a child's two languages and five areas of speech and language development (vocabulary, grammar, sentence production, comprehension, and phonology) in both Spanish and English. Parents and teachers identify the child's perceived level of performance in each language, and the ITALK provides a helpful summary of parent and teacher concerns that can be used to guide target areas of assessment. Results of the ITALK can be used to interpret diagnostic results from BESA or other speech and language tests.
A valid and reliable assessment that specifically responds to the needs of young Spanish-English bilingual children, BESA was developed to:
Through a combination of subtests for students and surveys for teachers and parents, BESA reveals the big picture of a young bilingual child's language development. Learn more about BESA here.
"I definitely recommend the BESA! It also includes parent and teacher input in language use and knowledge for both languages." – Mickie F., SLP (Mar. 2019)
"Just got the BESA and find it very relevant!!! Thank you!" – SLP (Nov. 2018)
"I love it and prefer it over the PLS. It's much easier to administer and quicker." – SLP (Sept. 2018)
"I love the BESA." – SLP (Sept. 2018)
"It has strong diagnostic accuracy stats." – SLP (Feb. 2018)
"I highly recommend the BESA to any speech-language pathologist who works with bilingual populations. The BESA is the one assessment that I trust to help me make better clinical decisions regarding my bilingual clients' presence of a communication disorder... I believe the BESA represents the growing demand for tools that more precisely identify communication disorders in diverse populations. I am exultant to know the BESA is currently available!" – SLP
"Measures, like the Bilingual English–Spanish Assessment (BESA), are critically needed to comprehensively examine the language development of bilingual preschoolers. I commend the authors for the rigorous research undertaken to produce such an important measure for the field and, most importantly, for young bilingual children." – SLP
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