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Advancements in Pediatric Single-Word Speech Assessment (WEB3300)

Course Description

As caseloads grow and diversify, clinicians may question whether they are equipped with the necessary tools to address changing demands when it comes to working with children with speech sound disorders. The single-word naming task is a basic component of pediatric speech production assessment, but is there an adequate evidence base behind the use of single-word naming tools for all populations served? Are the items found in these assessments necessary and sufficient to diagnose speech sound disorders? The four articles in this journal self-study address such questions.

The first article uses item response theory to examine which single-word items in a standardized assessment are most clinically informative. The second article is a systematic review of current speech sound production practices for children with autism spectrum disorder and ends with recommendations for assessment with this population. The third article examines whether assessments that are normed on monolingual kindergarteners are diagnostically sensitive for bilingual children with suspected speech sound disorders. Lastly, the fourth article reviews the relatively new literature on polysyllable assessment and provides detailed procedures for implementation.

Learning Outcomes
You will be able to:

  • discuss the utility of item response theory to develop effective screening tools for speech sound disorders
  • recommend best practices for assessing speech production in children with autism spectrum disorder based on the literature
  • summarize evidence supporting the use of traditional phonological assessment measures for bilingual kindergarteners
  • describe the benefits, evidence base, and methods involved in polysyllable assessment


The following articles are included in this course:

  • Applying Item Response Theory to the Development of a Screening Adaptation of the Goldman-Fristoe Test of Articulation–Second Edition, by Tim Brackenbury, Michael J. Zickar, Benjamin Munson, and Holly L. Storkel
  • A Systematic Review of Speech Assessments for Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder: Recommendations for Best Practice, by Kate Broome, Patricia McCabe, Kimberley Docking, and Maree Doble
  • Diagnostic Accuracy of Traditional Measures of Phonological Ability for Bilingual Preschoolers and Kindergarteners, by Leah Fabiano-Smith and Katherine Hoffman
  • Tutorial: Assessment and Analysis of Polysyllables in Young Children, by Sarah Masso, Sharynne McLeod, and Elise Baker

Learning Assessment
Online, multiple-choice exam

Subscribers Ratings
PDH: 4
ASHA CEU*: 0.4
Item #(s): WEB3300
Available Through: May 01, 2023