MAILED: June 28, 2000
A test developed in the department of communication disorders at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire has been published and distributed nationally.
Linda Carpenter, a professor in the department, and five of her former students authored the test titled "Contextual Test of Articulation." It is used to identify the surrounding sounds in words that facilitate the correct production of previously identified speech errors. Carpenter said the test allows speech-language pathologists to plan intervention for clients.
Dawn Aase, Mondovi; Charity Hovre, Sparta; Karleen Krause, Viroqua; Jennifer Smith, Rice Lake; and Sarah Schelfhout, Kaukauna, began work on the test as part of an assignment for an undergraduate course taught by Carpenter in the fall of 1997. At the time, they were all juniors majoring in communication disorders.
When the group formed to evaluate an existing articulation test, they discovered several problems with it
The students received funding from a faculty-student collaborative research grant for the spring 1998 term and worked on the project throughout the semester and during the fall of 1998. The test was submitted to Thinking Publications of Eau Claire in the spring of 1999 and was reviewed for a year before publication was finalized in March of this year, Carpenter said.
The group also has presented work at student research day on campus and at state and national conventions of professional associations
Carpenter said she served as a mentor, meeting with the group on a biweekly basis. "The students played a part in every aspect of the process. They did most of the work themselves," she said.
Carpenter was happy with her group. "This was an amazing group of students, and they did an incredible job," she said. "Each will be a powerful contributor to whatever profession she enters."
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: June 29, 2000