When a young bilingual child experiences language difficulties, it can be hard to tell if those challenges are due to a disorder or just limited exposure to the English language. That's a critical distinction—because while limited language exposure will fix itself over time, a language impairment is a clinical issue that will cause the child difficulties in school without timely and effective intervention.
Now there's a valid, reliable assessment that specifically responds to the needs of young Spanish-English bilingual children. For use with children ages 4 through 6 years who have varying degrees of bilingualism, the Bilingual English-Spanish Assessment (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. Comprehensive assessment with BESA includes:
"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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