(Word Identification Task: Speech Perception Assessment) WITSPA is a graded minimal pair (dyadic/triadic), picture-based, word identification task suitable for use with children above the age of three years. It is a screening protocol that allows the administrator to identify possible areas of identification confusion based upon such parameters as syllable, vowel, consonant (defined by voice, manner, place and word position), and consonant cluster contrasts. It is an acoustically balanced assessment, presenting high, medium and low frequency phones in a variety of word positions. It is designed to be functional and clinically relevant to assess skill in speech perception.
This resource contains the black and white and color online picture stimuli ONLY and needs to be used in conjunction with the WITSPA record form. Pictures will need to be presented on a computer screen in front of the child in order that they can point to, or highlight, the picture that corresponds to the target word produced by the administrator. The pictures should be presented in the sequence indicated on the record form.