Word Identification Task: Speech Perception Assessment – WITSPA 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.
WITPSA does not offer a pass/fail for the test as a whole but instead highlights areas of potential concern in order to help support ongoing intervention.
WITSPA was developed by the author primarily, but not exclusively, for use by professionals working with children with a hearing loss. As a clinician working with children with a hearing loss, the author identified the lack of suitable, sensitive assessment resources as a problem that ultimately undermined effective diagnoses and management planning. A problem for those assessing a wide variety of areas of communication ability in children with a hearing loss and for those wanting a clinically functional speech perception assessment for other client groups such as those with speech, language and literacy issues.
Establishing this assessment’s reliability and validity became the focus of the author’s PhD research at Cardiff Metropolitan University. Click the link for further details
The author is currently involved in research to support the development of Word Identification Task: Speech Perception Assessment – WITSPA-US, suitable for use in the United States.
This resource will offer the administrator:
- A brief background relating to the development of WITSPA.
- An overview of the WITSPA design.
- A brief summary of the research supporting the validity and reliability of WITSPA.
- Full details for assessment administration.
- Advice relating to the interpretation of test results.
- Abbreviated assessment administration instructions.
- Record forms.
- Picture Stimuli (provided in colour and duplicate black and white format)
The assessment picture book is also available in digital form from our website – it is suitable for screen sharing and can be sent in a 14 day link to up to 5 parents at one time.
Format: PDF file. Available by download, 4.3 MB or on CD.