Journal article

SCHEDULE FOR ORAL-MOTOR ASSESSMENT (SOMA) - METHODS OF VALIDATION

D SKUSE, J STEVENSON, S REILLY, B MATHISEN

Dysphagia | SPRINGER VERLAG | Published : 1995

Abstract

The Schedule for Oral Motor Assessment (SOMA) was developed for the purpose of objectively rating the oral-motor skills of preverbal children, with a view to identifying areas of deficient abilities that could have clinical significance. The instrument can be administered without special equipment, by a trained observer. Oral-motor function is assessed across a range of food textures and fluids. Ratings of oral-motor skills are largely made post hoc by analysis of a videorecording of the test administration. The test-retest and interrater reliability of the instrument have been shown to be excellent. Criterion validity was investigated by means of a novel 'seeded cluster analysis' procedure ..

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