ERIC Number: ED225309
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: N/A
Pre-Speech Assessment Scale: A Rating Scale for the Measurement of Pre-Speech Behaviors from Birth through Two Years. Revised Edition.
Morris, Suzanne Evans
The manual contains the Pre-Speech Assessment Scale (PSAS) intended for use with cerebral palsied and other handicapped children to evaluate behaviors at the birth through 2-year age level. Introductory information covers the development of the PSAS, concepts underlying the PSAS, evaluation procedures, scoring the PSAS, and graphing procedures. The scale examines 27 pre-speech performance areas in the categories of feeding behavior, sucking, swallowing, biting and chewing, respiration-phonation, and sound play. Each behavioral category is preceded by evaluation guidelines, information on physiological aspects, common definitions, and general information on scoring. Each specific skill includes a description of the testing procedures, specific scoring information, and a behavioral description of the various levels of the skill. A double scaling system allows either ordinal or developmental scores. Sample skill areas evaluated by the PSAS include sucking liquids from the bottle or breast, swallowing semi-solids, moving the jaw in biting and chewing, maintaining voice quality during non-speech phonation, and engaging in spontaneous sound play. Among 14 appendixes are a pre-speech assessment letter to parents, a questionnaire for parents, a list of materials needed for the PSAS, directions for making a recording of the child's sounds and speech, and a recording sheet for elicited and spontaneous sound production. (DB)
Descriptors: Behavior Rating Scales, Cerebral Palsy, Child Development, Evaluation Methods, Infants, Physiology, Severe Disabilities, Speech Evaluation, Speech Tests, Young Children
J. A. Preston Corp., 60 Page Rd., Clifton, NJ 07012 ($69.95).
Publication Type: Tests/Questionnaires; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED), Washington, DC. Div. of Innovation and Development.
Authoring Institution: Curative Rehabilitation Center, Milwaukee, WI.