Confession time – has anyone else not done much phonetic transcription since grad school? (raises hand) For one reason or another, I haven’t needed to regularly transcribe language samples in my day to day work. I’ve spent most of my time in the elementary schools, and while I have worked with students with phonological disorders, there’s rarely been more than a couple per year, so I’m a little rusty!
I realized as I was getting ready to write present levels for a student with a severe phonological disorder that I needed something to quickly organize all my student’s processes and phonetic inventory, because I wanted to not only make my summary easier for me to write, but also help me make it more understandable to parents and staff. After a few nights of research and design tweaks, my Phonological Snapshot was created!
I designed these forms so you could print them front to back and easily input your data, so when you were ready to write your present levels or evaluation report, everything would be neatly organized for you. It’s easy to look at this form and determine what sounds the student uses, what sounds the students does not use, and what omissions or substitutions are common for this student.
I also included a place to indicate what phonological processes are noted in the child’s conversational speech, as well as a quick description of what each process is and an example (easy to quickly include in a report!). Additionally, if you are out of practice with phonetics like me, it’s the vowels I have the hardest time remembering, so I included a vowel chart for easy reference.
The best part? This is available for FREE here! Check it out and make sure to leave me feedback if you feel it is something you might be able to use. 🙂