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Benefits of Informal Speech and Language Assessments

As Speech Therapists, we ALL use standardized tests and we *might also use informal assessments and measures!

Here are some reasons why I PREFER informal assessments to standardized tests (I know there is a time and place for formal assessments, but they are only a teeennny part of my assessments!).

Informal assessments:

  • Allow for more flexibility (provide breaks, give cues, rephrase/repeat instructions - helps you figure out what the child needs to be successful)

  • Give you opportunities to use cues and prompts to see what helps the child (we need to know more than what a child struggles to do - we need to know what HELPS them!)

  • Provide a more natural environment (in my experience, kids open up much more during a familiar task)

  • Give you more than one opportunity for a child to demonstrate a skill! (This lets you get baseline data and know if that was a lucky guess or a just a mistake)

  • Focus on your clinical judgement (You get to think beyond the test!)

  • Are more FUN and engaging! (Keeping your students engaged and focused the entire time!)

  • Allow you to go at your own pace. Give parts over time if needed!

  • Can be used before and after intervention to monitor progress

If you are looking for some informal assessments, make sure to check this out!

Anna Dee SLP x Speech Tree Co. Speech and Language Screener: We created a hands-on speech and language screener for preschoolers! It includes mini objects, a storage bag, a foldable house board, LOADS of printable activities, developmental milestone handouts, 2 speech sound screeners, and 2 language screeners! It is an all in one speech and language screener that you can just grab and go!

It covers:

  • WH Questions

  • Speech sounds in all positions

  • Sequencing

  • Grammatical Markers (ing, in/on, the/a, regular and irregular plurals, regular and irregular past tense, contractile copula, third person irregular future tense)

  • Following Directions

  • Phonological Awareness

  • Language Processing (Attributes, Convergent Naming, Divergent Naming, Associations, Stating Function)

  • Pronouns

  • Basic Concepts


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