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Assessment of DAS

Janet Skotko M.Ed, CCC-SLP

December 22, 2003

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I have a second grade student who I believe has Developmental Apraxia of Speech. I would like to know what assessments are recomended for assessing DAS? I have used the Kauffman in the past but the results seem subjective. Is there an assessmant tool that

Answer

The best tool for apraxia in children that I'm aware of now is Moving Across Syllables (Comm. Skills Builders). It looks at movement sequences. Dr. Karen Crockett suggests, '' The problem with the test is it presumes the child has atleast some verbal skill.'' So, if the child does not have speech that is somewhat distinctive and controlled , I cannot think of another test that is really objective. MUCH can be said for good observation and knowledge. As well put by Dr. Crockett: ''I'm sure Piaget would approve!''

Bio sketch: Janet Skotko has been a Speech/Language Pathologist for over 25 years. She is on the Board of Advisors for Speechpathologyonline and is a Board Recognized Fluency Specialist. She can be reached at:

Voiceinstitute@aol.com or you can learn more about her and her services at: www.Thevoiceinstitute.com.

Janet Y. Skotko, M.Ed., CCC-SLP
Speech/Language Pathologist
Board Certified Fluency Specialist
722 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33603
(813) 228-8244
www.Thevoiceinstitute.com


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