Many times, I have gotten a phone call to schedule an articulation evaluation, just to find out on the date of the evaluation that the child was exhibiting far more significant issues than simple misarticulations. Therefore, I have worked hard over the years to find a more efficient way parents can share their specific issues and concerns prior to my evaluations in preparation for use of the most appropriate evaluations for each assessment. After spending hours on the phone asking specific questions, I have determined a more efficient way in which parents can share important information regarding their child’s articulation deficits via the use of a simple but very specific parent questionnaire. The purposes of this questionnaire are three-fold: 1) to increase parental awareness of their child’s misarticulations, 2) to allow parents a way to effectively communicate the types of misarticulations they observe to SLPs, and 3) to provide adequte information so an SLP can determine what type of disorder of which these signs and symptoms are indicative. This information will guide any SLP when choosing the most appropriate testing materials possible for their evaluation.
The questionnaire consists of 10 very specific questions regarding the types and examples of misarticulations a child can possibly exhibit as well as an interpretation page for SLPs. The interpretation page explains what type of articulation disorder (i.e. articulation disorder, phonological processing/patterning issues, CAS, etc.) the parent description indicates. This questionnaire also provides insight into how much a parent understands and observes about their child’s misarticualtions.
I personally like to email this form to parents at least two weeks prior to the evaluation and encourage them to complete it and fax or email it back to me prior to the evaluation. This way, parents are given adequate time to observe their child’s misarticulations and complete the form, while I am also given enough time to review the answers prior to conducting the evaluation.