Kindergarten Speech and Language Screening includes sections to screen WH questions, receptive and expressive vocabulary, grammar/syntax, articulation, along with a speech/language sample.
This screening was created after many years of using a combination of screening forms and informal measures with kindergarten-aged students. Each year, for the past 16 years, I have screened approximately 50 pre-kindergarten students during our spring mass kindergarten screenings. Additionally, students are re-screened in the fall of their kindergarten year. During the spring 2016 mass kindergarten screening, this screening was used with over 125 pre-kindergarten students within my district. The screenings were administered by two district SLPs and graduate clinicians. Additionally, this screening was reviewed and used in other parts of the country by veteran SLPs. Following administration and review, feedback was gathered, slight adjustments were made, and suggested cut-offs were indicated. This screening is not norm-referenced. The administering SLP should use clinical decision making in order to determine local suggested cut-offs. Based on administration, the time per child is suggested as approximately 5-7 minutes, moving at a swift pace.
Print either pages 3 & 4 (with suggested cut-offs) or pages 5 & 6 (without suggested cut-offs) and copy back-to-back. Print pages 7 & 8 in color and on cardstock and place back-to-back in a sheet protector. One SLP reviewer suggested cutting up all the pictures on page 8 and laminating, as an alternate prep.
Administration is suggested in the order presented on the form. Begin with a warm-up asking the child’s name and age and moving into the WH questions. Answers should be judged as correct based on clinical judgment. When administering the expressive vocabulary, use the pictures on the stimulus page (page 7) and choose 2 from the set of 5 for numbers 1 & 2. For number 3, show the student the pictures within the food category and ask for the category label. Numbers 4, 5, and 6 do not contain pictures. For the receptive vocabulary section numbers 1-6, use the 4 choice picture sets on the stimulus page (page 8). Ask the child to point to the picture following the verbal label indicated. The grammar/syntax section is a sentence repetition task. Ask the child to repeat each sentence verbatim. Items are suggested to be scored as incorrect if one error is committed. The articulation section includes early and later developing speech sounds at the word level. This is a word imitation task. Words intentionally do not have sounds underlined in order to listen to the whole word, making notes accordingly. Any part of the word that is incorrect, should be scored without credit given. The language sampling is optional and not scored; however, highly suggested in order to gain insight into intelligibility, voice, fluency, and overall expressive language. For this section, choose one picture from the stimulus page (page 7) for number 2. Comments can be included within the section indicated.
Student scores can be calculated and transferred to the top section for determining pass or fail for each section. There is not a total screening score, rather sections can be indicated for further follow-up. Additional space is included on the form (back side if copied back-to-back) for speech/language sample verbatim dictation. Furthermore, the back side of the form can be used for a follow-up screening and/or teacher/parent comments as well as intervention information.
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