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TILLS™: Test of Integrated Language & Literacy Skills™

Nickola W. Nelson, Ph.D., Nancy Helm-Estabrooks, Sc.D., Gillian Hotz, Ph.D., and Elena Plante, Ph.D.

The Test of Integrated Language & Literacy Skills™ (TILLS™) is the groundbreaking assessment professionals need to test listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in students ages 6—18, and to assess the role of memory in how students perform. Reliable, valid, and comprehensive, TILLS will help you streamline assessment, monitor progress, and reach your ultimate goal: improving students' communication skills so they can succeed in school.

Why use TILLS?
TILLS is the only test that assesses both spoken AND written language and shows how these skills relate to each other. You'll get a meaningful profile of skills for each learner, so you can be sure you understand a student's strengths and needs and aren't overlooking something crucial. Unlike most other tests, TILLS also provides diagnostic accuracy in "age bands" meaningful to the development of language and literacy skills, so you'll have the evidence base you need to determine if test scores reflect typical or impaired performance. And if you're an experienced clinician, you can finish TILLS in just 90 minutes or less—which means you'll spend less time testing and more time helping students and planning interventions.

This Examiner's Kit gives you everything you need to get started with TILLS: an Examiner's Manual, Stimulus Book, 25 Record Forms, Technical Manual, Quick Start Guide, 1 Practice Workbook, 25 Student Response Forms, tablet of Student Rating Scales, and a USB drive of audio and text files.

Bilingual English-Spanish Assessment (BESA)

Bilingual English-Spanish Assessment (BESA)

Elizabeth D. Peña, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Vera F. Gutiérrez-Clellen, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Aquiles Iglesias, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Brian A. Goldstein, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, & Lisa M. Bedore, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

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:

  • identify phonological and/or language impairment in bilingual children and English language learners using a standardized protocol
  • differentiate between a delay in English language acquisition and a true language disorder
  • document children's speech and language strengths and needs
  • monitor children's progress in both languages and use the information to make decisions about intervention

BESA Benefits

  • Valid and reliable. There are very few assessment tools for bilingual children, and even fewer that are valid and reliable. BESA answers the call for a bilingual assessment backed up with solid evidence of validity and reliability.
  • Culturally and linguistically appropriate. BESA subtests are different for each language; the Spanish subtest isn't just a translation of the English one. Dialects were taken into consideration—the norming sample included 17 Spanish dialects and 7 regional dialects for English—and items were developed for each language based on the markers, structure, and culture of that language.
  • Uncovers the full picture of a child's language development. Not only does BESA identify language impairments, it also helps you gauge progress in both languages and document a child's dominant language across different domains of speech and language. This critical information will help you plan interventions and educational programming for bilingual children.
  • Flexible and convenient. You can use each BESA component independently or combine them as part of an assessment battery. Choose which component you want to give—you're not required to administer both the English and Spanish subtests. BESA can also be given over multiple sessions, so you can easily fit it into your schedule.
Quick Interactive Language Screener™: English-Spanish (QUILS™:ES)

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Quick Interactive Language Screener™: English-Spanish (QUILS™:ES)

Aquiles Iglesias, Ph.D., Jill De Villiers, Ph.D., Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, Ph.D., Kathryn Hirsh-Pasek, Ph.D., & Mary Sweig Wilson, Ph.D.

How can you tell if young bilingual children are making age-appropriate language progress? Use the Quick Interactive Language Screener™: English–Spanish (QUILS™: ES), a web-based, game-like screener for probing the language skills of English–Spanish bilingual children. Developed for use with children from ages 3 to 5:11, QUILS: ES measures not only language products (what the child already knows in both languages) but also language processes (how the child learns new words and grammar structures).

Benefits

Like the QUILS™ screener for children whose primary language is English, QUILS: ES looks at three critical areas:

  • Vocabulary: What words do children already know?
  • Syntax: What do children understand about how words go together in sentences?
  • Process: How skilled are children at learning new language items?

To give an accurate, comprehensive picture of the skills of bilingual children, QUILS: ES consists of separate English and Spanish sections. The screener uses the child’s highest score per skill type across both the English and Spanish sections to derive their Best Overall Score and their Best Scores for each of the three areas. The English and Spanish section of QUILS: ES were carefully developed to reflect the variability in grammar rules and word meanings across both languages. The English section is different from the monolingual QUILS and includes all new items, specifically chosen to complement the Spanish section.

Quick Interactive Language Screener™ (QUILS™)
Quick Interactive Language Screener™ (QUILS™)

Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, Ph.D., Jill De Villiers, Ph.D., Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Ph.D., Aquiles Iglesias, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, & Mary Sweig Wilson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Early identification is the first step to helping young children with language delays get on track for reading proficiency—and school success. But how do you find the children who might need extra support? It’s simple with the Quick Interactive Language Screener™ (QUILS™) a web-based tool that helps you evaluate the language skills of children ages 3 through 5 years—and make sure their progress is appropriate for their age group.

  • What is QUILS? A game-like, interactive language screener that measures children’s skills in vocabulary, syntax, and process.
  • Who is QUILS for? Children ages 3 through 5 years in early childhood settings.
  • Who completes it? The child, with supervision from a teacher, paraprofessional, or classroom volunteer.
  • What do you need? Any tablet, laptop, or desktop with touchscreen technology and Internet access.
  • What's the benefit? In about 5-20 minutes, you’ll identify kids with potential language delays so intervention can start as early as possible.
Dynamic Evaluation of Motor Speech Skill (DEMSS) Manual

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Dynamic Evaluation of Motor Speech Skill (DEMSS) Manual

Edythe A. Strand, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, & Rebecca J. McCauley, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

When a young child has a severe speech sound disorder— especially one severe enough to affect the child's intelligibility—it's critical to determine the degree to which motor speech impairment contributes to the disorder. Now there's a dynamic, criterion-referenced assessment that helps SLPs do just that. Use the Dynamic Evaluation of Motor Speech Skill (DEMSS) to diagnose severe speech sound disorders in children 3 and older, estimate the severity of a child's disorder, and inform the development of treatment goals. Purchase the DEMSS manual and you’ll have everything you need, including a keycode that unlocks access to a video tutorial and free unlimited DEMSS forms, downloadable online.

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Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder Bundle

Patricia A. Prelock, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BCS-CL, & Rebecca J. McCauley, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder: Evidence-Based Intervention Strategies for Communication & Social Interactions, 2nd Edition:

Readers will get a thorough introduction to 14 evidence-based interventions, complete with key details on each intervention’s theoretical and empirical basis, components, practical requirements, applications for both children and adults, and considerations for children from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds. Twelve video clips (available for streaming) illustrate the interventions in action, and highly relevant learning activities prepare SLPs and other practitioners to make sound decisions in scenarios they’re likely to encounter in the field.

Case Studies for the Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder:

Through 14 realistic cases, readers will explore the types of clinical challenges they may face, see what the experts would recommend, and get exercises to help them practice their decision-making skills.

Interventions for Speech Sound Disorders in Children, 2nd Edition

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Interventions for Speech Sound Disorders in Children, 2nd Edition

Lynn Williams, Ph.D., Sharynne McLeod, Ph.D., & Rebecca J. McCauley, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

An essential building block of every SLP’s professional preparation, the second edition of this bestselling text is a comprehensive critical analysis of 21 interventions for speech sound disorders (SSD) in children. Bringing together a powerhouse team of international experts, this new edition has been enhanced with current research, new interventions, more guidance on selecting interventions, and updated video clips. For each intervention, readers will get a clear explanation of its evidence base, plus guidance on implementing the approach, monitoring progress, and using the intervention with children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Speech to Print: Language Essentials for Teachers, 3rd Edition

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Speech to Print: Language Essentials for Teachers, 3rd Edition

Louisa C. Moats, Ed.D.

Speech to Print supplies educators with in-depth knowledge of the structure and function of language—fundamentals they need to deliver successful structured literacy instruction. Renowned literacy expert Louisa Cook Moats gives teachers comprehensive, accurate, and accessible information on the underpinnings of language instruction, plus case studies, activities, and analysis of student work samples.

WHAT’S NEW:

  • New and expanded practical content on the how of instruction
  • New and updated chapter exercises
  • New faculty support materials
  • More on key topics like program and curricula selection and frameworks for instructional planning
  • More accessible, undergraduate-friendly tone and structure
  • Additional graphics to illustrate key concepts
Introduction to Clinical Methods in Communication Disorders, 4th Edition

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Introduction to Clinical Methods in Communication Disorders, 4th Edition

Rhea Paul, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, & Elizabeth Schoen Simmons, M.S., CCC-SLP

Fully updated based on the 2020 ASHA standards and recent AAA standards, the new edition of this bestseller is the core textbook for all students in clinical methods courses—and a reliable reference for practicing SLPs and audiologists.

WHAT'S NEW:

  • New chapter on using principles of observation to gather accurate, valid data in clinical settings and deeply understand clinical processes and procedures
  • Expanded information on intervention principles, technology in clinical practice, counseling, relationships with supervisors, and single-case experimental design
  • New faculty materials, including a test bank with questions for each chapter and suggested projects that professors can assign students
  • Chapters on clinical competence and family-centered practice by experts
  • New student-friendly text features

Augmentative and Alternative Communication: Supporting Children and Adults with Complex Communication Needs, 5th Edition

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Augmentative and Alternative Communication: Supporting Children and Adults with Complex Communication Needs, 5th Edition

David R. Beukelman, Ph.D., & Janice C. Light, Ph.D.

The authoritative text on augmentative and alternative communication, this classic bestseller is now in its fifth edition.

WHAT'S NEW:

  • Professionals will prepare for their work with critical new information on:
  • Collaborating with family members and other communication partners
  • Making the most of mobile technologies and AAC apps
  • Selecting an AAC system and tailoring it to individual needs Working effectively with families from diverse cultural backgrounds
  • Supporting inclusion across the lifespan
  • Providing communication supports to people with autism

ONLINE COMPANION MATERIALS: A resource guide to help practitioners and students learn more about AAC, sample responses to chapter study questions, and a sample syllabus.

Multimodal AAC for Individuals with Down Syndrome

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Multimodal AAC for Individuals with Down Syndrome

Krista M. Wilkinson, Ph.D., & Lizbeth H. Finestack, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

In this groundbreaking book, discover how augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) can enhance communicative competence and improve outcomes for people with Down syndrome across the lifespan. The newest volume in Beukelman and Light’s respected Augmentative and Alternative Communication Series, this book fully explores how interdisciplinary, multimodal AAC strategies can promote speech, language, and literacy success across many contexts, including homes, schools, communities, health care settings, and the workplace. Learn how to pair unaided AAC supports with aided AAC, enhance reading instruction using AAC, engage families as collaborative partners, and much more.

Dual Language Development & Disorders: A Handbook on Bilingualism and Second Language Learning, 3rd Edition

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Dual Language Development & Disorders: A Handbook on Bilingualism and Second Language Learning, 3rd Edition

Johanne Paradis, Ph.D., Fred Genesee, Ph.D., & Martha B. Crago, Ph.D.

Prepare SLPs and educators to support the growing population of dual language learners with the third edition of this bestselling text, developed by three experts and aligned with Head Start guidelines on cultural and linguistic responsiveness. Updated with the latest research and recommended practices, this book gives future professionals guidance on a wide range of key topics, including recognizing the typical stages of second language learning, supporting development in both languages, distinguishing a language delay from a disorder, planning culturally appropriate interventions, addressing reading disorders in bilingual children, and more.

Story Friends
Story Friends™: An Early Literacy Intervention for Improving Oral Language

Howard Goldstein, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, & Elizabeth Spencer Kelley, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Fun, engaging, and effective, Story Friends™ is the first research-based Tier 2 language intervention program for 4- to 6-year-old children at risk for reading difficulties. Through interactive animal-themed storybooks and lively, engaging audio recordings, Story Friends effectively boosts oral language and vocabulary development—two of the most important predictors of later reading success. With interactive storybook components and appealing narration from Wanda the Word Wolf, the program hooks and holds young attention spans. And because Story Friends is a natural fit with any existing classroom schedule or curriculum, it’s easier than ever to deliver interventions in the critical early years of school.
Pediatric Test of Brain Injury™ (PTBI™)
Pediatric Test of Brain Injury™ (PTBI™)

Gillian Hotz, Ph.D., Nancy Helm-Estabrooks, Sc.D., Nickola Wolf Nelson, Ph.D., & Elena Plante, Ph.D.

The first criterion-referenced, standardized test that assesses cognitive and academic skills after pediatric brain injury, PTBI™ is the tool every SLP needs to develop effective supports for children ages 6-16 and get them ready for a successful return to the classroom. The complete PTBI™ includes an Examiner’s Manual with comprehensive guidelines and technical data; a Stimulus Book with all the visual stimuli needed to conduct the test; and Test Forms for recording information about the child’s performance and scoring PTBI™.
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