Psychometric Characteristics of Single-Word Tests of Children's Speech Sound Production Purpose Our understanding of test construction has improved since the now-classic review by McCauley and Swisher (1984) . The current review article examines the psychometric characteristics of current single-word tests of speech sound production in an attempt to determine whether our tests have improved since then. It also provides a resource ... Review Article
Review Article  |   April 01, 2015
Psychometric Characteristics of Single-Word Tests of Children's Speech Sound Production
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Peter Flipsen, Jr.
    Pacific University, Forest Grove, OR
  • Diane A. Ogiela
    Idaho State University, Meridian
  • Disclosure: The authors have declared that no competing interests existed at the time of publication.
    Disclosure: The authors have declared that no competing interests existed at the time of publication.×
  • Correspondence to Peter Flipsen Jr.: flipsen@pacificu.edu
  • Editor: Marilyn Nippold
    Editor: Marilyn Nippold×
  • Associate Editor: Linda Larrivee
    Associate Editor: Linda Larrivee×
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Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Speech, Voice & Prosody / Review Article
Review Article   |   April 01, 2015
Psychometric Characteristics of Single-Word Tests of Children's Speech Sound Production
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, April 2015, Vol. 46, 166-178. doi:10.1044/2015_LSHSS-14-0055
History: Received May 28, 2014 , Revised September 22, 2014 , Accepted January 11, 2015
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, April 2015, Vol. 46, 166-178. doi:10.1044/2015_LSHSS-14-0055
History: Received May 28, 2014; Revised September 22, 2014; Accepted January 11, 2015

Purpose Our understanding of test construction has improved since the now-classic review by McCauley and Swisher (1984) . The current review article examines the psychometric characteristics of current single-word tests of speech sound production in an attempt to determine whether our tests have improved since then. It also provides a resource that clinicians may use to help them make test selection decisions for their particular client populations.

Method Ten tests published since 1990 were reviewed to determine whether they met the 10 criteria set out by McCauley and Swisher (1984), as well as 7 additional criteria.

Results All of the tests reviewed met at least 3 of McCauley and Swisher's (1984)  original criteria, and 9 of 10 tests met at least 5 of them. Most of the tests met some of the additional criteria as well.

Conclusions The state of the art for single-word tests of speech sound production in children appears to have improved in the last 30 years. There remains, however, room for improvement.

Acknowledgments
An earlier version of this review was presented as a poster at the November 2013 Annual Convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in Chicago, Illinois. Thanks to Jennifer Montzka for her assistance with data collection.
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