The first part of this document is the Speech Language Assessment Checklist.
The checklist is a three page form that can be given to a preschool teacher or caregiver prior to a planned assessment or before an assessment is even being considered. The teacher or caregiver is asked to check areas of difficulty that have been seen with the child in these areas:
- ___difficulty understanding what is told without gestures and repetitions
- ___difficulty following simple 1-2 step verbal directions
- ___difficulty following 2-3 step directions
- ___difficulty understanding basic concepts or describing words
- ___difficulty responding to yes/no questions
- ___difficulty responding to simple "wh" questions
On the last page of the checkoff list the caregiver or teacher then has the chance to write down what they see as the child's most significant present difficulties and additional information such as medical concerns and other suspected delays such as behavioral, intellectual, and social delays.
Lastly, this thorough document provides a, "Supplemental Caregiver/Teacher Data Collection Form." This form is two pages long and it provides the ranking categories of: always, often, sometimes and rarely. The categories to rank are receptive language, memory, expressive, speech, voice, resonance, phonological awareness skills, social skills, problem solving, and executive function skills. This checkoff list provides even more questions and areas of concern for the teacher/caregiver to consider before a speech and language assessment is performed. This checkoff list provides a nice review of skills needed in different speech and language areas. After the checkoff list is completed the speech therapist can tally the results and initiate testing in the areas that indicated the most severely impaired areas.
- This document would be a wonderful document for any SLP to have, and especially an SLP student or CFY because it provides a nice summary of the most commonly used tests for assessing the pre-k population in the areas of speech, language, and fluency and they may not be aware of all of them.
- Voice areas are mentioned on the checkoff lists, but voice tests are not listed on the testing battery suggestions.
- It is possible that the checkoff list may be a bit difficult for some parents to complete. Examples of what to look for in each area would be helpful for many parents and even a short activity on how to look for the skill would be helpful for the parent who is not knowledgeable in the areas being screened.
- This document is clearly presented, well written, and thorough!
- We feel that a nice variety of skills in varying degrees of complexity are presented and we appreciate that very much! We do have one concern though. We worry that busy teachers may not feel like they have enough time to fill out the form adequately due to the fact that they have to read about a lot of areas and their subsequent skills. Perhaps a "quick screener" could be produced for them that is one page in length and less time consuming? This possible "quick screener" would not replace the first one that covers a lot of useful areas, but could just be one to be given to that teacher or caregiver who seems particularly busy.
- We like the list of speech, fluency and language tests that are provided and we will be certain to present the list to up-incoming speech therapy students and new hires to the speech department to make sure that they are aware of all of them.
Thank you so much Tatyana! We really appreciate the opportunity to review this terrific document and look forward to seeing more from you in the future!!
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