Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

2011 Edition
| Editors: Jeffrey S. Kreutzer, John DeLuca, Bruce Caplan

Mullen Scales of Early Learning

  • Laura Shank
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-79948-3_1570




The Mullen Scales of Early Learning (MSEL; 1995) is an assessment battery designed to measure development in infants and preschoolers, ages birth to 68 months. The 124 items measure specific domains including gross motor functions, visual reception, fine motor skills, receptive language, and expressive language. The four cognitive scales (visual reception, fine motor, receptive language, and expressive language) are combined to yield an Early Learning Composite that is presented as a measure of overall cognitive functioning. Each scale is comprised of interactive tasks that can be completed by the child or may be scored through interview of, or with assistance from the parent. The scoring range for each test item varies from zero to five points, although in most cases, the child receives a “1” for a correct response. The scale items are presented in hierarchical order of difficulty, and scale administration is discontinued after three consecutive scores of...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Laura Shank
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  1. 1.Rehabilitation Psychology and NeuropsychologyPhysical Medicine & Rehabilitation University of MichiganAnn ArborUSA