Telepractice and CELF-5 UK

Clinical Evaluation of Language Fundamentals - Fifth Edition (CELF-5 UK) - Telepractice and CELF-5 UK

Telepractice is online speech therapy, that enables Speech and Language Therapists to you provide assessments via high speed internet, webcam, microphone or any other form of communication whilst in a separate location from their client.

Telepractice can be performed on a number of devices such as smartphones, tablets, laptops, desktops and even video conferencing facilities.

Two methods of administration: 

  • Synchronous telepractice, involves real-time conversations between the therapist and the assessee to enable them to interact 

  • Asynchronous telepractice, is where the therapist and assessee record and store their part of the conversations and then send them to each other without any real time interaction

Whilst administering the CELF-5UK  using telepractice professional should address five themes ( Eichstadt et al.2013) into consideration:

  1. Audio/Visual Environment

  2. Examiner Factors

  3. Examinee Factors

  4. Test/Test Materials

  5. Other/Miscellaneous


1. Audio/Visual Environment

  • Make sure the full face of the examiner and the examinee is in view during the administration.

  • A headset with a boom mic for the examiner and the examinee is highly recommended for every CELF-5UK 

    assessment via telepractice.

  • Test the audio either through the examinee's speakers or headset and ensure a high-quality audio presentation, whether live or recorded stimulus prompts.


2. Examiner Factors

  • Practice starting and completing appropriate tests of a CELF-5UK assessment before you begin with an examinee.

  • Make a clinical judgment, similar to a face-to-face session, whether or not you are able to gather the child's best performance. Report your clinical decision(s) in your report and comment on the factors that led to this decision and your reporting or lack of reporting of the scores.


3. Examinee Factors

  • There may be select administrations where an examinee headset is not appropriate or feasible. For this instance, make sure you have a web camera with an embedded microphone or a stand-alone microphone with the volume turned up to a comfortable loudness level.


4. Test/Test Materials

  • Make sure you have only one (1) image of the stimulus pictures showing to the examinee at any time.

  • Go to "full screen" with the stimulus pictures to eliminate distractions on the desktop/video window within the telepractice environment for the examinee.

  • The tests that have no visual stimulus should screen share the appropriate page in the digital stimulus book during the administration (a title page or blank page).

  • Four CELF-5UK tests (Linguistic Concepts, Following Directions, Recalling Sentences, and Structured Writing) are in the process of being studied and the nature of administering the task by telepractice is more complicated. Descriptive reporting may be warranted if the administration is attempted and documentation of the exact procedures must be fully described in the report.


5. Other/Miscellaneous

  • None at this time.


Selected Research to Date

Studies supporting the equivalency of test scores when picture stimuli are displayed to the examinee in a printed manual versus a digital display on a computer screen (in-person administration):

Daniel, M. H., Wahlstrom, D., & Zhou, X. (2014). Equivalence of Q-interactive and paper administrations of language tasks: Selected CELF-5UK tests. Q-interactive Technical Report 7. Bloomington, MN: Pearson.

Daniel, M. H. (2012a). Equivalence of Q-interactive administered cognitive tasks: WAIS–IV. Q-interactive Technical Report 1. Bloomington, MN: Pearson.

Daniel, M. H. (2012b). Equivalence of Q-interactive administered cognitive tasks: WISC–IV. Q-interactive Technical Report 2. Bloomington, MN: Pearson.

Studies addressing the use of CELF via telepractice:

Eichstadt, T. J., Castilleja, N., Jakubowitz, M., & Wallace, A. (2013, November). Standardizedassessment via telepractice: qualitative review and survey data. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Chicago, IL.

Waite, M., Theodoros, D., Russell, T., & Cahill, L. (2010). Internet-based telehealth assessment of language using the CELF-4. Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, 41, 445–458.

Note: Further research may be added over time.



Portions of the CELF-5UK may be used reliably via telepractice, as noted above. Further research is underway on the tests where a similar performance between paper and telepractice presentation may be in question. Therefore, you may use the noted CELF-5UK tests via telepractice without additional permission from Pearson in the following published contexts:

  1. CELF-5UK Digital Stimulus book on Q-global®

Any other use of the CELF-5UK via telepractice requires prior permission from Pearson. This includes, but is not limited to, scanning the paper stimulus books, digitising the paper record forms, holding the materials physically up in the camera's viewing area, or uploading a manual on to a shared drive or site.  

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