by Eric Schopler, Ph.D., Margaret D. Lansing, Robert J. Reichler, M.D., and Lee M. Marcus
The third edition of this popular test allows you to assess the skills and behaviors of children with autism and communicative disabilities with a developmental age between 6 months and 7 years. The profile resulting from the PEP-3 graphically charts uneven and idiosyncratic development, emerging skills, and autistic behavioral characteristics. Individually administered in 45 to 90 minutes the PEP-3 meets the need for an assessment tool to assist in the educational programming for young children (ages 3 through 5) with disabilities and is particularly useful in planning for older students’ Individualized Education Programs (IEPs).
The function domains for the PEP-3 have been revised to reflect current research and clinical concerns, especially in the area of social and communication functions. The test yields 3 composite scores (Communication, Motor, and Maladaptive Behaviors) and features 10 Performance Subtests:
- Cognitive Verbal/Preverbal
- Expressive Language
- Receptive Language
- Fine Motor
- Gross Motor
- Visual-Motor Imitation
- Affective Expression
- Social Reciprocity
- Characteristic Motor Behaviors
- Characteristic Verbal Behaviors
The PEP-3 now includes a Caregiver Report that asks the parent or caregiver to estimate the child’s developmental level compared with typical children. The report consists of three subtests: Problem Behaviors, Personal Self-Care, and Adaptive Behavior. This form has been shown to help orient teachers to a student’s developmental inconsistencies and provides professionals with information needed for thorough and complete planning.
In addition, the PEP-3 is helpful in identifying special learning strengths and teachable skills. The Object Kit now includes all toys and materials needed to administer the test except for food, drink, and a light switch. Also, the latest edition features normative data both from a group of children in the autism spectrum as well as from a comparison group of children without autism. Normative data were collected from 2002 to 2003, with large national samples of children in the autism spectrum and of typical children ranging from 2 to 71/2 years of age.
New PEP-3 software handles all scoring, statistical analyses, graphing, charting, and report generation–saving significant time. The narrative report explains the results and offers recommendations in terms that parents can understand.