The Speech Production Inventory™ (SPI) informally assesses phonemes in words. Easy to administer and versatile for telehealth or hybrid evaluations via plexiglass. Easy to download PDF for Word, Apple and Google formats. Designed to met the needs of an educational or medical speech-language pathologist for the primary purpose of measuring therapy success with comprehensive data collection methods. SPI administration is flexible to meet therapeutic needs: screening, intervention development, non-native English evaluation and most importantly, data collection that helps the clinician design therapy that moves children to intelligible speech.
· 30 professional full-color 8 x 10 inch photos specifically shot to illicit 49 common words with 236+ total phonemes.
· Common vocabulary selected for multiple language learners and children with receptive language disorders.
· All phonemes and word positions represented multiple times.
· SPI can be given multiple times within a year. The SPI Scoring Form has space for fall, winter and spring administrations that allows you to look at progress over time.
What phonemes are on the SPI?
· The SPI is a complete phonemic inventory using the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). All consonant singletons, consonant blends and vowels are broken into categories on the SPI Scoring Form.
· 24 R-based productions including all R-blends and vocalic R.
· 24 S/Z based productions including all S-blends.
· 22 multi-syllable words (15 two syllable and 7 three syllable words).
What data do you get?
The SPI data collection methods help you analyze a child’s phonemic inventory. Since it is informal, the therapist selects the data points: Use one or use them all!
· Total Words correct
· Total sounds correct
· Total Error types: Omission Substitution Distortion Phonological
· Total number of phoneme specific errors for R/L/S/Z
· Or create your own by using the flexible Scoring Form: stimulability percentages, vowel analysis, consonant blend accuracy or average number of errors per word.
The SPI is culturally relevant!
Photos feature real children from five continents that speak eight different languages and/or dialects. The SPI Scoring Form easily allows the therapist to mark phonemic differences to decrease over identification and selection of non-discriminatory speech production targets in educational and medical speech-language pathology.
Need something for two-year olds or children with limited sound inventories? I am currently working on the alternate version for your needs. I am also working on finalizing data based questionnaires and other data analysis forms to increase relevant and real therapy models.
How do I know this process works? I have over 20 years experience working in pediatric medical settings, private practice and urban public schools. The SPI has been vetted for three years by myself and several of my SLP colleagues from early childhood to high school. Personally, I have given the SPI over a 100 times: I have become more confident in my therapy decisions but most importantly children are becoming better communicators in a shorter period of time.