Pediatric Speech and Language: Evaluation of Articulation and Phonology

Pediatric Speech and Language: Evaluation of Articulation and Phonology 

There are a wide range of tools available to assess speech sound disorders in pediatric clients. This module outlines the essential components of screening and assessing children with articulation and phonology disorders. The learner will review the process of speech sound production, learn how to gather background and history information, identify the optimal assessment tools to utilize based on each child's individual characteristics, and learn the steps of completing an orofacial examination. Guidelines for interpreting these results to develop a treatment plan are discussed.

The goal of this educational program is to provide SLPs with knowledge of how to evaluate and treat articulation and phonological disorders in pediatric clients.


Hours: 1.00


Certificates provided by accrediting body (2 Match)

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association


This course is offered for 0.10 ASHA CEUs (Introductory Level; Professional Area).

Kansas Health Department of Aging and Disability Services (Speech)


Approved for 1.00 continuing education clock hours for Kansas Speech Pathologists and Audiologists by the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability. Long Term Sponsorship number LTS-S1057. This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-RTS-0-AAPC
Hours: 1
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 4/30/2023
Learning Objectives:
Describe the process of speech sound production.
Identify signs and symptoms of articulation and phonological disorders.
Complete a thorough client history assessment.
Use client characteristics to identify the most appropriate articulation assessment tool.
Describe how to assess articulation and phonology in children.
Describe how to complete an orofacial examination.
Interpret assessment results to formulate a treatment plan.


Section 1: Introduction
About This Course
Learning Objectives
Section 2: Typical and Disordered Speech Sound Production
Systems of Speech Production
Typical Development in Articulation
Disordered Speech
Assessing Articulation and Phonological development
Section 3: Case History
Collecting A Case History
Additional Information and Reports from Other Professionals
Section 4: Informal Observation and Assessment
Why Informal Assessment?
Completing an Informal Assessment
Section 5: Standardized Assessment
Why Standardized Assessment?
How to Choose a Standardized Assessment
Reliable and Valid Assessments
Section 6: Orofacial Examination
Why Orofacial Assessment?
Section 7: Results Interpretation and Treatment Plan
Analyzing the Components of your Comprehensive Exam
Reporting and Interpreting Standard Scores
Using Developmental Norms
Determining Treatment
Case Study
Section 8: Conclusion
Course Contributor
Exam and BrainSparks

Expert Reviewer: Ashley W. Downs, M.S., CCC-SLP
Ashley is a speech-language pathologist in NC who provides diagnosis and treatment of speech, language, and cognitive disorders to both geriatric and pediatric populations across a variety of settings. She is licensed by the N.C. Board of Examiners for Speech Language Pathology and has her national certification from the American Speech Language and Hearing Association. Ashley is passionate about empowering patients and caregivers to effectively communicate and supporting functional communication for all people. Disclosure: Ashley W. Downs, M.S., CCC-SLP has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Entry level Speech and Language Pathologists; in the following settings: Rehabilitation Settings.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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