This Informal Speech Sound Assessment can be used to screen/assess speech sounds in sentences. Sometimes, when we work with children we know that their sounds can be clear in single words, but intelligibility breaks down in longer sentences. This assessment is designed to help you identify any errors that may be occurring at sentence level.
- There are 33 stimulus sentences in total. Each sentence addresses one sound in all positions (where possible). Exceptions are blends and vocalic 'r'. For example:
Penny is mopping the ship
Hayley has a birdhouse.
Todd the dog is in a puddle
Charlie took a picture of the beach.
- The 's', 'l' and 'r' blend sentences have mixed blends in word initial position only, e.g. "There are small stars in the sky".
- There are 6 vocalic 'r' sentences in total (one each for 'er', 'ear', 'ar', 'or', 'ir', & 'air'), the stimulus sentences have the sounds in medial and final positions only, e.g. "I can hear them cheering".
Directions for use:
Show the child each page, one at a time, read the sentence slowly and clearly to the child, and encourage them to repeat it. If the child is able to read the phrase, get them to read the sentence aloud. You can then transcribe their response using the scoring form provided.
Due to the length of the sentences included, this assessment may be better suited for elementary aged children (Kinder-5th Grade), however it is important that you make this decision as a clinician, as to whether it suits the needs of your caseload.
A scoring form is included. The target phrases are listed in the order they appear on the pages. The target words are color-coded to help with recognition when assessing (i.e. if you need them to repeat a certain word). Space is provided on the form for you to transcribe the child’s responses (either by only transcribing the target words, or transcribing the full sentence) . Any errors should be transcribed phonetically in order to identify difficult sounds and error patterns. If you have read the sentence to the child, be sure to indicate this on the scoring form by using "m" (in a circle) for future reference.
There are two options available- the Full Pages option means you can upload the resource to a tablet, and you only need to print the scoring form. The Half Page option is designed to be printed out, with each page cut in half, laminated (for durability), and then put into a small binder (as shown in the preview).
Although this product is designed to be thorough, it should only be used as an informal assessment during therapy sessions by a qualified Speech and Language Therapist/Pathologist. It is advised that a formal articulation assessment be administered for the purposes of reports, IEPs, etc. The SLT Scrapbook, owners and creators, accept no responsibility for decisions made following the completion of this assessment, including but not limited to the determination of eligibility and/or amount of services required, or any other clinical decisions made as a result of this assessment. **
You may also like our other Informal Speech Sound Assessment
for assessing speech sounds in single words.