Faculty Publications

Title

Evaluating articulation and phonological disorders when the clock is running

Document Type

Article

Keywords

Assessment, Phonological disorders, Phonology, Speech disorders

Journal/Book/Conference Title

American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology

Volume

11

Issue

3

First Page

243

Last Page

249

Abstract

The clinical evaluation of communication is a key element in the therapeutic process. This paper describes an approach to an initial clinical evaluation of a preschool-aged child referred to a clinic for problems in communication. Topics addressed in the evaluation include: What is the purpose of the evaluation? In which setting should the evaluation be held? What aspects of the client's background may contribute to his or her possible communication disorder? How are speech and language assessed in only 60 to 90 minutes? How is hearing assessed? What information should be conveyed to the client's family? The author's general approach to clinical evaluation emphasizes the importance of nonstandardized assessment procedures for obtaining the case history and for collecting and analyzing speech and language samples. The author focuses on linguistic-motor aspects of articulation and phonology disorders and emphasizes the importance of evaluating both the child's major speech errors as well as his or her better speech-making abilities.

Original Publication Date

1-1-2002

DOI of published version

10.1044/1058-0360(2002/026)

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