• DIAL-4

    Developmental Indicators for the Assessment of Learning™, Fourth Edition


    A global screener for assessing motor skills, concepts, language, self-help, and social development for large groups of children.

    The DIAL-4 is a standardized instrument that is used to screen large groups of children quickly and efficiently. Data from the DIAL-4 are used to describe the strengths and needs of young children in five areas of development: motor, concepts, language, self-help, and social-emotional.


    Covers all five early childhood areas

    An easy-to-use carrying bag includes separate zippered bags for Motor, Concepts, and Language Areas.


    • Motor Area: Gross Motor items include throwing, hopping, and skipping. Fine Motor items include building with blocks, cutting, copying shapes and letters, writing, and a popular finger-touching task.
    • Concepts Area: Items include pointing to named body parts, naming or identifying colors, rote counting, counting blocks, identifying concepts in a triad of pictures, and sorting shapes. Contains an item that assesses automatic naming of objects, a skill that is associated with potential learning disabilities.
    • Language Area: Items include answering simple personal questions (name, age, and sex), articulation, naming (expressive) or identifying (receptive) objects and actions, plus phonemic awareness tasks such as rhyming and “I Spy.”
    • Self-Help Development: Looks at the child’s development of personal care skills related to dressing, eating, and grooming.
    • Social-Emotional Development: Looks at the child’s development of social skills with other children and parents, including rule compliance, sharing, self-control, and empathy.