Welcome to Twin Speech and thank you for stopping by to read our latest post with the Frenzied SLPs. This latest linky party is a great one to read because it is about some of the articulation and langauge screeners that are available for direct use in our classrooms and clinics. It will be full of a lot of quick print, easy and helpful documents that can be used right away in order to collect some nice data! The screeners are wonderful because they are designed to be time savings measures that are also very helpful for establishing a student’s baseline status or for measuring their progress on established short term goals. They may even be used to help show if a student is getting ready for a discharge from therapy. They will not offer standardized scores, but they will offer some helpful information for you, the student and parents to see within minutes!
Shanda and I treat a lot of student’s with articulation concerns at our speech clinic and often they are very good at making their sound in words, but we notice that the accuracy of the sound starts to fall off when they start talking past the word level. That is why we think that screening at the sentence level and beyond the word level in articulation therapy is very important. Did you know that it is very difficult to find sentence level screeners or even good standardized tests that assess all of the sounds that we work on in speech therapy in the initial, medial and final positions of words? I guess that’s why we developed our own. We use it all of the time and the students really enjoy it because it can be used interactively. The students are given a food item, and they are asked to say the sentence that is illustrated with a picture that is on the food item and then to feed an animal. It’s fun and gives us a ton of good data of articulation accuracy at the word and sentence levels.
If the student is older, we skip the interactive nature of the screener and have them just read or repeat the sentences. Here we will note, that we also provide two ways to document the results by providing short and long result summary page options. In addition, a summary of the articulation results for each individual sound can be written on the comments section for you and the child’s parents, or next to each sound on the results summary pages.
Our screener assess 52 sounds in the initial, medial and final position of words. Wow! When you break down all of the possible articulation targets for speech therapy, there’s really a lot of goal areas for our students! There’s the obvious consonants like G, K, L, F, T and M’s, but there’s also all of the short and long vowels, vocalic R’s like ER, AR and IR, and of course there’s the blends too. We have listed a ton of /R/ blends, /S/ blends and /L/ blend words in our screener. It is very helpful to break down which blends that are giving the student the most trouble. It is also nice to see which ones that they have already learned how to say correctly. The results of the screener can give us a clear idea of what sounds to start working on right away!
We also see a lot of children that come from the preschool setting and their parents are wondering if they are ready for kindergarten. That is why we developed a kindergarten skills screener.
It contains letter and number identification, pronouns, prepositions, cutting, copying, writing, concepts, early phonemic awareness tasks and much more! We us it to obtain a baseline of skills for our Pre-k students and then later in the year we re-give the screener to show parents the wonderful progress that their child has made during their child’s therapy period. Our Monster Truck Packet is fun for the boys and if they show trouble in a screened area on the screener, we just then work on that area with one of the activities and worksheets that follow in the 150 page packet. The worksheets target a ton of treatment areas, some of which are; concepts, literacy, numbers, fine motor, visual processing, auditory comprehension!
Now we want to tell you about our FREEBIE. It comes straight from our articulation screener. It is a terrific screener to be used for data collection at the start of the school year, or anytime in which you would like to do a quick screening of your student’s articulation during the year.
What you will get with the download is our two page quick print articulation screener. It screens 52 sounds at the word and sentence level! Yes, sentence level too! 🙂 Enjoy the freebie and click HERE or on the picture to go grab it today from Teachers pay Teachers. Wishing you all fun and productive screening times with your students this up-incoming therapy year!
Thank you so much for stopping by to read about screeners and please don’t forget to read the other posts within this linky party. They are very informative!
Manda & Shanda