Journal article

Designs and decisions: The creation of informal measures for assessing speech production in children

Nicole Limbrick, Jane McCormack, Sharynne McLeod

International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology | TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2013


Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) frequently assess children's speech to diagnose and identify areas of difficulty, then determine appropriate intervention goals. Formal measures are available for assessment; however, many SLPs use informal measures within clinical practice. The purpose of this two-part mixed methods study was to describe informal measures created to assess children's speech. Study 1 involved a systematic review of 39 informal measures identified via journal database and internet searches, scanning of reference lists, and submission by SLPs and researchers. The measures were reviewed in terms of their conceptualization (content and format) and operationalization (evaluatio..

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University of Melbourne Researchers


Awarded by Australian Research Council Future Fellowship

Funding Acknowledgements

The researchers would like to thank Dr. Caroline Bowen for allowing the distribution of research information via the PHONO-TX list. This paper is based on an honours dissertation written by the first author and supervised by the subsequent authors. The research was supported by a Charles Sturt University Honours Scholarship and Operating Grant awarded to the first author, as well as an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship (FT0990588) awarded to the third author.