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LAT-NU: LinguiSystems Articulation Test–Normative Update

by by Linda Bowers, Rosemary Huisingh

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  • Ages: 3-0 through 21-11
  • Testing Time: 15 to 20 minutes
  • Administration: Individual
  • Linguisystems Articulation Test – Normative Update complete kit includes: Examiner’s Manual, Picture Book, and 25 Examiner Record Booklets. Boxed. (2018)
  • Qualification Level: A
The LinguiSystems Articulation Test–Normative Update (LAT-NU) identifies children and young adults with abnormal articulation patterns. It ensures a thorough examination of all sounds and blends by presenting several sounds more than one time in the same position. LAT-NU tests all positions at the word level.
The test allows examiners to rate the severity of the speech-sound disorder, rate the intelligibility of speech, and evaluate stimulability. The test also allows examiners to screen for childhood apraxia of speech (CAS), a neurological disorder that impairs the precision and consistency of speech.
New Features in the Normative Update
  • Restratified characteristics of the normative sample collected in 2008 (N = 3,011) by age relative to region, gender, race, and ethnicity are the same as those reported for the preschool, school-age, and adult population reported in the ProQuest Statistical Abstract of the United States, 2017 (ProQuest, 2017).
  • Authors reevaluated each item on the test using both conventional item analyses to choose “good” items, and differential item analyses to find and eliminate potentially biased items.
  • Authors made a major effort to demonstrate conclusively that the normative update is both reliable and valid. The LAT-NU was subjected to diagnostic accuracy analyses, particularly rigorous techniques involving the computation of the sensitivity index, specificity index, and the receiver operating characteristic/area under the curve (ROC/AUC) statistic.
  • Severity ratings provided correspond to the Articulation Proficiency Score.
Description of the Test
The test provides a comprehensive Articulation Proficiency Score, which represents an individual’s overall speech sound ability. The Examiner Record Booklet provides space to record speech-sound errors by substitution, omission, or distortion.
The LAT-NU screens for CAS through the evaluation of the individual’s sequential productions of twelve multisyllabic words and assesses intelligibility and stimulability. Administrators can rate intelligibility of speech by noting the type and frequency of errors in a picture description task. Administrators can also assess stimulability immediately after the client makes an incorrect production and determine if the individual is able to imitate a correct production.
The Examiner Record Booklet also provides a two-page summary allowing examiners to visually analyze the individual’s speech errors by word location, type, and stimulability.The Speech Sound Error Analysis section All phonemes tested in the LAT-NU are included in the.
The Examiner’s Manual discusses the test’s theoretical and research-based foundation, item development, standardization, administration and scoring procedures, normative tables, and guidelines for using the test’s results. Reliability and validity studies conducted include typically developing students and students previously been diagnosed with an articulation disorder.
The average coefficient alpha is .92 for the Articulation Proficiency Score. New validity studies demonstrate the test’s ability to differentiate students with an articulation disorder from typically developing students. The results demonstrate that an Articulation Proficiency cutoff score of 94 resulted in a sensitivity of .77, a specificity of .85, and a receiver operating characteristic/area under the curve of .89.
COMPLETE TEST INCLUDES: Examiner’s Manual, Picture Book, and 25 Examiner Record Booklets, all in a sturdy storage box. (©2018)
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