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Foundations for Clinical Practice: Phonetic Transcription

presented by Kathy J. Jakielski

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Speech-language pathologists often find themselves needing to complete a careful phonetic transcription for a particular client with a speech sound disorder; however, SLPs are not always confident in their phonetic skills and knowledge. This is the first course in a three-course series developed to increase your knowledge and skills in areas of clinical practice that are the foundation of effective diagnosis and treatment of individuals with speech sound disorders. In this first course, we will review and apply the basic skills of phonetics, including practicing precursory skills, classifying consonants and vowels, marking suprasegmentals and diacritics, and transcribing typical speech. We also will view a videotape of a teen with childhood apraxia of speech and phonetically transcribe his speech using phonetic symbols and diacritics. If your skills are rusty, then this course will serve to refresh transcription skills, as well as build new knowledge so that you can think phonetically.

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Kathy J. Jakielski, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Kathy J. Jakielski, Ph.D., CCC-SLP is the Florence C. and Dr. John E. Wertz Professor in Liberal Arts and Sciences at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois. She serves as Chair of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders where she has taught, mentored, and supervised undergraduate students in the classroom, research lab, and clinic…

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1. The Phonetic Structure of Words

In this chapter, we will practice the precursory skills that underlie accurate phonetic transcription. We will focus on identifying speech sounds, as opposed to letters, that make up words. We then will apply that knowledge to determine the phonotactic structure of basic and complex words.

2. The Phonetic Classification of Speech Sounds

In this chapter, we will review the categories for consonants and vowels as specified in the International Phonetic Alphabet. We will discuss consonantal place, manner, and voicing, and vowel tongue positions and lip rounding.

3. The Suprasegmentals and Diacritics of Speech

In this chapter, we will review two components of the suprasegmental system: stress and syllabicity. We will practice identifying lexical, grammatical, and contrastive stress in words. We also will review diacritical marks commonly used to capture articulatory detail in typical and disordered speech

4. Phonetic Transcription of Typical and Disordered Speech

In this chapter, we will practice phonetically transcribing a typical speech sample using broad phonetic symbols and syllable and stress markings. We also will phonetically transcribe a teen’s disordered speech using broad phonetic symbols and narrow diacritics for syllables, stress, and articulatory detail.

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This is the second course in a three-course series designed to increase your clinical knowledge and skills in evaluating and treating individuals with speech sound disorders. In this course, you will learn how to analyze a phonetically transcribed speech sample to evaluate the individual’s segmental and suprasegmental skills. Speech-language pathologists frequently complete a thorough analysis of an individual’s speech errors and error patterns, while paying little attention, if any at all, to the individual’s phonetic and suprasegmental inventories—information that often is needed for differential diagnosis and goal setting. We will phonetically transcribe a brief speech sample from a teen with severe speech sound disorder characterized as childhood apraxia of speech, and then analyze his speech to derive his phonetic, error, and suprasegmental inventories. We then will use this information to develop goals for this young man that address all three components of the speech system. We also will apply our knowledge of the three components of the speech system to develop additional goals that we could use with other individuals with speech sound disorders.

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