The Goldman Fristoe Test of Articulation second edition is one of the most widely used formal speech assessments and Pearsons has announced that they will be releasing a third edition soon. In conjunction with the Goldman-Fristoe Test of Articulation (GFTA), the Khan-Lewis Phonological Analysis (KLPA) supplementary assessment will also be released. The updated features for both assessments include a new administered and digital assessment system, which allows for personalized testing, improved convenience, accessibility and clinical use of the assessment through the iPad.
“Based on more than 40 years of research, the GFTA-3 allows speech-language pathologists to assess student use of consonants in multiple contexts and features an easy-to-use intelligibility measure as well as updated norms. It enables clinicians to support intervention for children to improve their language skills. The new test is still brief to administer and easy to score, while providing accurate scores for making diagnostic and intervention decisions, all on iPad.”
The GFTA-3 is set to include dialect-sensitive scoring to cover a broad range of American English dialects with two different sets of graphics to cater for very young children as well older students with speech concerns.
“Co-authored by Ronald Goldman, Ph.D., and Macalyne Fristoe, Ph.D., the GFTA is one of the most frequently employed diagnostic procedures used by speech-language pathologists in the United States. Fristoe is professor emerita of audiology and speech sciences at Purdue University. As illustrated by his numerous honors from the American Speech Hearing Association and other organizations, Dr. Goldman’s contributions changed the way that speech-language pathologists use assessment to diagnose and treat their clients. The GFTA-3 is one of his many legacies to the speech and hearing community,” said Aurelio Prifitera, Ph.D., managing director of Pearson’s clinical assessment group.”
The new KLPA-3 was developed with the input of two speech pathologists Linda Khan and Nancy P. Lewis. It is designed to work with the GFTA-3 to allow clinicians to determine if phonological processes are the major factor at play in a child’s speech sound difficulty. The KLPA-3 also includes updated norms, allowing clinicians to make informed therapy decisions based on the most current research, leveraging the test’s guidelines for remediation planning.
“As a KLPA-3 co-author, Khan’s primary focus has been 0-to-3 year old children and communications development. She was recently a speech-language pathologist at the Saudi American International School in Riyadh and is currently a consultant. Lewis is a bilingual speech-language pathologist and clinical faculty member at the University of Colorado-Boulder.”