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Speech Sampling

Taking a sample of a client’s speech is an important aspect of the work of a Speech–Language pathologist. It may form part of the screening process, the assessment, and also be used during the posttreatment follow-up stage. Sampling enables a clinician to get an overall impression of a client’s abilities, pinpoint the areas in which the client is having difficulties, and also track any changes from the previous sample. A speech sample is also a permanent part of the client’s record, which can be referred back to and phonetically transcribed. This entry provides an overview of general recommendations for sampling speech, different types of speech samples, and some considerations related to best practice.

General Recommendations

It is generally recommended to sample a client’s speech during an ...

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