Monday, February 25, 2013

Sunny Articulation and Phonology Test

Sunny Articulation and Phonology Test SAPT Review

by Smarty Ears!
The Sunny Articulation Test (SAPT) is an individually administered clinical tool for screening, identification, diagnosis and follow-up evaluation of articulation skills in English speaking individuals (from iTunes).

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This app was a first of its kind!! It is such a wonderful tool and is a must for every SLP working with children or adults!!  This app is designed to provide an immediate detailed picture of the child's articulation skills.  It goes beyond standard assessments by really dissecting the errors by manner, phoneme, position of the word, place, voicing, and error type (substitution, deletion, distortion, phonological processes). This is invaluable because it can assist the SLP in picking up on patterns in the child's speech. This more detailed information in crucial for developing an individualized  intervention plan.

What I love most about this app is the ease of use. This app is not hard to figure out and administering it is simple and smooth. The vivid pictures really capture attention and keep the child interested in the test.

The Basics: 
This test has two modes: Full Assessment and Screening. The full assessment lets you document error sounds specifically (substitutions, deletions, distortions) where the screening just lets you mark the sound in error. Each mode has a note taking feature to mark down unusual errors or other needed notations.  The bulk of this review will be about the Full Assessment because it has the most features.

Set up: All you have to do is enter the child's name and date of birth. It automatically give you the chronological age. Next you select which type of test you want (Full Assessment/Screening) and whether the child's first language is English. After that you are ready to go.

Administering: Administering the test is similar to most regular paper photo articulation tests. A picture is presented and the child is asked (by you) to name it. What is amazing about this app is when there is an error you get to tap right on the phoneme (IPA transcription above the picture) and it gives you options to record the error type!!
If there is an unusual error like I said before you can always tap the note icon and type it in exactly as you heard it.  If there is no error you simply tap the blue arrow to go to the next picture.

When there is a substitution it brings a menu of all of the phonemes (transcribed in IPA) for you to select which phoneme was produced instead. See the example to the right: The child said "pork" for fork. You tap the /f/ phoneme and then tap substitution. After the drop down menu appears you would tap the /p/ phoneme. Super easy!!!

Another great feature during administration is the noting of phonological processes. Each phoneme that has a potential for process has it listed on the error list. The example to the left shows the word "goat." You will notice that it has two options for processes: devoicing/fronting. This child "fronted"  (said "doat") so you would simply tap the fronting button.

You also can record an audio of the student's responses by tapping the little red button on the top left corner to review later.

 Here is what the note taking screen looks like.-------------------->

The test offers a stimulus to assess every phoneme, cluster, and phonological process in the English language. At the end of the test is prompts you to enter an overall intelligibility rating. Some SLPs have asked me how I do this part of the assessment. What I typically do is mark on a piece of paper anytime the child's utterance is unintelligible during the evaluation then I divide the number of intelligible words by the  total number of words presented in the test. Please not that is just an intelligibility percentage for the test not an overall intelligibility rating. To do this you would need to take a speech sample of at least 100 utterances and divide the total number of intelligible words by the total number of words in the sample. If you do this before this assessment you could always enter that rating here.

After the Test: When you have completed the test you can now review the results. Simply tap the child's name and it will display all of the tests you have completed. Tap the correct test and then you can view the results by position, manner, voicing, words, place, and error. I have provided an example for all except the words (that just lists the words with errors and the notations).
 Options for reporting:

You may  choose to open the PDF document that the app generates in an email or in another program.  For example I have Quickoffice, iBooks, PDF reader, DocuSign, GoodReader, FaxIt, or DropBox that I could send this report to. It will show you exactly which apps on your iPad are compatible automatically.  There is also an option here to review all of your notes and listen to your recordings.

 The report is very detailed and gives a rational of the app and all of the results organized in tables outlining each of the above categories of results. They recently added a table: Age of normal aquisition of phonemes as a reference. See below for an example of what the report will look like.
I love having a detailed report that is ready to go as soon as I have finished the app! Anything to help me cut down on paperwork time is much appreciated!!!

Settings: You will see to the right there are not a lot of customizable settings. Transition Audio: you can turn on/off the sound that the app makes when you go to the next picture. Record single sound: This allows you to record one phoneme at a time instead of the whole word (I don't use this option, it stays off on my iPad). Display written word: Self-explainitory, you  may want the written word off for some students.  There really is not a need for anymore settings! This app is pretty seamless!!

How I use this app: I use this app for many different purposes!  In my school settings: It is great for starting RTI (Response to Intervention) and reporting progress after the RTI period is over.  I also use it as supplemental assessment data during evaluation or re-evaluations. You can also use it as an initial screening when there is concern about a child's speech.

In my outpatient setting: I use this as supplemental assessment data, progress reporting, and data for dismissal or plan of care changes. I have found it most helpful as an informal assessment tool because in the outpatient setting you are limited in number of formal assessments you can complete per insurance requirements and the cost to the parents. Having an informal way of reassessing skills if the child is making progress can be very beneficial to you and to your families.

I have never used this with adults but you could easily do so because it does not have a juvenile look. It could be great for notating error patterns in adults post stroke, TBI, ect...

My only wish for this app is that it would be standardized!! I think it would be used even more that it already is if it was!!

Also check out BAPA Bilingual Articulation Phonology Assessment NOW STANDARDIZED! by Smarty Ears. This is a must for clinicians working with bilingual populations. It has three test modes: Spanish Only, English Only, and Spanish/English. You can even notate dialects!!


  1. I have seen this app and would love it. Makes artic testing much easier.

  2. This would be a great addition to my resources for assessing artic.
    Diane Joy Brooks on Facebook
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    1. No worries this works!! It is def. a great resource to have!

  3. This artic and phono test would be a great addition to anyone's collection!

  4. I am ready to try this out!
    Rebecca Linke

  5. I like your idea re: using it as an informal assessment/supplemental tool. Would love to try it out. Thanks! --Cassandra Stafford

  6. I would love this! :)
    Janae Hauser

  7. Sounds like a good app to have

    1. Is this Stacey Dittrich?? If so I got both of your comments! Thanks! If not please let me know who you are (just comment back your name!)

  8. I would love this to use with my boys who both have different speech issues. Their difficulties are physiological (cleft and macroglossia) and relating to ASD. We have done many years of speech therapy and use iPad apps at home to practice in-between sessions. I would get our therapist to run my boys through this so I also have a record of the sounds we need to work on. :)

  9. This would be great for the Loan Device Library- it is starting to make its way to Speech Therapists in the community!

  10. Thankyou for the excellent review! I would love to be able to use this in my speech room!

  11. Loving all the options in this app. Would love to have for school.