Articulation Test Center by Little Bee Speech - I was so excited to hear that one of my favorite app developers, Little Bee Speech, was releasing an articulation test app that I couldn't wait to get my hands on it! Earlier this year, I reviewed their Articulation Station app, which is one that has virtually replaced all my articulation flashcards. Test Center is just as dynamic as its predecessor with some features that will make my life as an SLP a bit easier.
You get two options on Test Center to either quick screen sounds or complete a full evaluation. If you choose the screening option, you can select your client's age (2 years, 3-4 years, 5 years, or 6 years) in order to obtain developmental targets. Two-year-olds have eight targets while six-year-olds have forty-eight. I love that you can set these parameters to save time and get an accurate read for age appropriate sound targets. During screenings, target sounds are highlighted in green. If you hear an error, just tap to change the color to red or you can select yellow to indicate that the target was just mildly reduced. You do not get an option to make any additional edits in screenings, but you can easily take notes on each target. After screenings, you get a beautiful breakdown of errors, accuracy ratings, developmental norms, and a concise report that includes therapy suggestions. This report can be edited, emailed, and printed for speech files and it's written such that a parent/ caregiver can easily comprehend the results.
Your other option in Test Center is to complete a full evaluation. Here, you can select all targets and test a maximum of fifty-nine cards or you can select from the following array: initial sounds, medial sounds, final sounds, initial blends, vowels, R sounds, or speech sample. This time, you have the ability to swipe green target sounds up to indicate a deletion or open a link of consonants or phonological processes to drag in place of the target. The sweetest thing about the phonological link is: you can open a sidebar that gives a quick explanation with examples for that process as well as indicates when the process should be suppressed! The same benefits from the screening portion are here too in the full evaluation, so you can review results with accuracy measures and get that great, little report here too!
Following a full evaluation, you can pick a picture scene (mountain adventure, beach day, or fun at the park) to record a sentence/conversational sample, which you can later type and save in the student’s profile. I also liked having the option to go back into the test and make edits. This feature would be particularly helpful when going through phonological analysis, which typically takes a little more time as opposed to marking substitutions and deletions.
One thing that I would like to see with this app is an option to turn the target words and consonant/phonological lists to face the examiner. Each student that I screened or evaluated watched carefully as I marked for errors and took notes. I think it would be harder for students to see this information if they were looking at it upside down. Otherwise, I am thrilled to have this app on my iPad and foresee much use of it at my school placement and in my private practice!
Here is what the developers have to say about Articulation Test Center:
Created by certified Speech-Language Pathologists, Articulation Test Center has all the elements needed for testing English speaking children and adults of all ages (2 yrs. - adult).
Articulation Test Center is an articulation and phonology test developed as both an informal assessment and a measure to monitor progress in speech development. It was created to be used as a supplemental assessment in conjunction with standardized tests.
As a non-standardized test, Articulation Test Center gives speech pathologists flexibility to test specific areas of speech. The speech sound norms, intelligibility measures and the age at which phonological processes are eliminated are reported in the results and are based on normative data available in the research. *All research considered is cited in the app in the results section and in the generated email.
Articulation Test Center makes identifying articulation delays and writing goals quicker and easier! The illustrated speech scenes can also be used for fluency and language samples.
The user-friendly design, clear images, beautiful illustrations and informative results will truly make your test days brighter.
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About the Author
Nanette Cote, MA, CCC-SLP has her own speech-language practice, Therapediatrics. She is a pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist in Naperville, Illinois who was has been practicing Speech Pathology for close to two decades. Her blog, speech2me, was named one of the top Speech-Language blogs for 2012. For more information about this practitioner, please visit speech2me Blog or Facebook