Sold in a package of 20, these BIOS 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 survey, the BIOS helps uncover when and in what context each of the child's two languages were used on a year-to-year basis. There are two parts:
The BIOS provides clinicians with valuable information about relative use and exposure to each language. It should be used prior to BESA assessment to help determine whether to test children in Spanish, English, or both.
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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