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Measuring Phonemic Awareness without Speech Responses: Investigating the Validity of a New Assessment

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This study provides preliminary evidence of the validity for a new measure of phonemic awareness that does not require spoken responses, which we refer to as the Dynamic Assessment of Phonemic Awareness via the Alphabetic Principle (DAPA-AP). The DAPA-AP is computerized, has simple instructions, uses a touch response mode, and provides feedback on every trial. Thirty-three preschool and school-aged children, with and without disabilities, were administered the DAPA-AP and established measures of phonological awareness and reading. Significant correlations between performance on the DAPA-AP and the established measures of phonological awareness and reading provided strong evidence of the concurrent and convergent validity of this measurement approach. These findings suggest that the DAPA-AP may also be a valid measurement tool for children and adults who have complex communication needs and are beginning to learn to read.

Author(s):

R. Michael Barker    
University of South Florida
United States

Mindy Sittner Bridges    
University of Kansas
United States

Kathryn J. Saunders    
University of Kansas
United States

 

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