The Probe Quizzes are designed
to provide periodic evaluation of client progress on specfic
There are two pop-up buttons
of the Probe Quiz screen. Choose the general category (the Type
button: Stop Consonants, Fricatives, Affricates, Nasals, Liquids,
Glides, Front Vowels, Central Vowels, Back Vowels or Diphthongs)
from the top-most pop-up button. Then select the specific sub-category
from the bottom pop-up button (the Target button). The
program then randomly displays a list of 10 words containing
the target phoneme.
There are no recording facilities
provided with the Probe Quiz. These are not to be practiced.
Simply have your client pronounce the word and then you immediately
judge whether the pronunciation was acceptable and mark it with
a check or an 'x'.
The test is complete when the
client have finished all 10 words and you have evaluated them.
Click on the Save Score button to save the results for
later importation in the Clinician program.
Test is designed to provide an indication of which Speech Works
Units will be most useful for a particular client. It is not
intented to provide a complete diagnosis of a client's accent.
It can effectively be used in a pre-post demonstration of the
progress a client has made.
Test consists of 21 words. There are no model recordings for
these words. The client makes a recording of each word. It is
not necessary to play back each recording and, in fact, the user
should not try to improve the pronunciation of the words with
repeated recording. However, if a mistake has been made or there
was a problem with the recording, it can be corrected.
Scoring of the
Diagnostic Test can be done immediately or later from the Clinician
program. Click on the Score button and a new screen is
displayed. On this screen certain sections of the words are underlined.
The sections may include a single sound or several sounds. Each
underlined section should be evaluated separately. Listen to
the word and judge if the section is pronounced acceptably.
When the evaluation
is completed, the program will generate a lesson plan for the
client and, if desired, the results can be imported the Clinician
program and stored with other client data.
Tracking is designed
for clinicians who work one-on-one with their clients. It generates
records that can be used in reports on client progress. Here's
how tracking works.
Image that a
client is using the word pair exercise in Unit 9 Part A which
contrasts initial 'l' with 'r' where the 'r' is the target. The
client get the 'r' correct on the first try for 3 of the five
pairs and is able to correct one of the remianing pairs spontaneously
when he hears his incorrect version but bever is able to produce
the 'r' correctly for the remianing pair. Clients often get 100%
correct on a drill after practice. These numbers were chosen
only to illustrate the process of tracking.
On January 16,
1993 the author pretended the client performed as described above.
She hit a total of seven key strokes and the program automatically
recorded and saved the following text:
1/16/93 Words beginning with 'r'
The Clinician/Instructor Program
allows you to keep general information, probe quiz results, diagnostic
test results, tracking results and progress evluation data for
each of your clients in a single location. You can then organize
this data into any of the diverse types of reports you may need
and save them to disk or print them out.
Each client has his or her own
Client Information Card. There are 10 different categories in
which client information is saved:
- Client Info
Client's address, phone number, native language and training
Client History including experience speaking and using English.
The client's own stated goals or explicit goals you have identified
as part of your training plan.
Notes on intermediate progress and/or summary statements at the
end of a training period.
Notes taken during training, often informally written, that can
be used in refining goals or giving detail to summary progress
reports or final recommendations.
The results of evaluation of diagonstic test showing targets
that have been identified as needing work.
This program also offers a powerful
set of tools for quickly and easily creating a variety of standard
reports. Each report can contain any of the information in any
of the 10 categories in whatever order you wish.
If you frequently need certain
types of reports, you can define and save templates for each
and thus create the report for each client with only a few button
Personal Practice Files
The Personal Practice program
offers an excellent opportunity to extend therapy beyond the
confines of your office and allows you to zero in on words and
phrases your clients find especially troublesome.
You can easy create Target-Specific
Personal Practice files. You simply indicate to the program which
target phoneme you are interested in and the program randomly
selects 5 words, 5 phrases and 5 sentneces containing the targets
and copies the model recordings for each from the Speech Works
In addition, you can create Client
-Specific Personal Practice files by simply entering the words,
phrases or sentence your client finds particularly difficult
and then record yourself as the model for each.
The Personal Practice program
employs the same listen-record-compare methodology used throughout
Speech Works. And, the Personal Practice program can be used
by your clients independently of Speech Works.
Here are some of the many features of Version 3.0
Male and female Model Voices
Automatic Lesson Plans for 30 Foreign Languages and 14 English Dialects
On-Screen Multi-Media Help
Facial Close-Ups and X-Ray Tracings
If you have a question about an exercise, click on the Help (?, top right)
button. The pop-up button in the Help dialog box offers different types
of Help. For example, on this screen there is information on:
Pronouncing the 't' Sound
Cross Section: The 't' Sound diagram
Cross Section: Parts of the Mouth diagram
How to Use the Discriminating Sounds Drills.
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