It’s articulation assessment time! In the schools, it’s not just about the errors, but about how those sound errors are impacting the student in the classroom.
Standardized Articulation Assessment
I always give the GFTA-3 even though our eligibility is based more on overall intelligibility and impact anyways. I find that it’s nice to use something consistently throughout a student’s education to gauge progress!
Update Current Therapy Information for Reevaluations
Then, I always summarize current therapy info including data from sessions, stimulability info, previous sounds targeted, overall rate of progress, and motivation.
Articulation Impact in the Classroom
Next, I gather teacher input. I do this using Google forms that I’ve created or just by stopping by their room and asking them a few questions face to face. I ask things like “Are you able to understand them in the classroom?”, “Do peers ever have trouble understanding them?”, and “Do they seem self-conscious about their speech?”. This gives me a really good idea of whether or not their articulation/intelligibility impacts them in the classroom!
Text to Speech Sample
For most students, I do a quick voice to text articulation assessment because so many of my students use voice to text when doing longer writing assignments in class. I usually play a Pixar short video on YouTube and then have them retell the whole story using voice to text (on a Google doc). I video tape the whole thing so I can go back and see what was transcribed incorrectly. For a recent student I evaled, the software typed “bood” for “bird” which was super helpful when reporting on functional concerns for his /r/ sound!
Classroom Observations and Interview
I always do classroom observations AND a student interview to better understand how they participate in class, to ask them how they feel about speech, and again, to gauge motivation.
Last, I do intelligibility ratings in a variety of settings. At minimum, I do them in a quiet, 1:1 setting and in the classroom!
Once we’ve identified those target sounds, make sure to check out my articulation visuals, activities, games, worksheets, and more!
Do you follow a similar protocol for your articulation assessment? Are sharing little systems like this helpful for you?!⠀