Clinical Tools

  SAILS


Please write to Dr. Rvachew for information about accessing the SAILS software. Click here to download the SAILS BACKGROUNDER.
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Tablet-based version will be available starting in 2016. Please check back for details.



  Test de Conscience Phonologique


Lancer Test de Conscience Phonologique Préscolaire ICI.

L’administration de cette tâche nécessite cette grille de cotation.



  Test Francophone de Phonologie


In our lab, we have developed two tools for assessing speech accuracy in francophone children. Both tests were carefully constructed to match the segmental and syllable structure of spoken Quebec French.

The first tool, the Test de Dépistage Francophone de Phonologie (TDFP), has 30 items. This test can be used as a screening tool to identify children that have difficulties with phonology (speech accuracy). Normative data was collected for kindergarten and first grade children. Test items and normative data can be accessed in the following file: TDFP, TDFP scoring sheet

The second tool, the Test Francophone de Phonologie (TFP), has 54 items and can be used for treatment planning purposes. The authors are preparing publications that will demonstrate how to use this diagnostic version for treatment planning. This information should be available in one year's time. Test items and scoring sheet can be accessed in the following files: TFP, TFP scoring sheet.


Dans notre laboratoire, nous avons développé deux outils pour évaluer les difficultés de la parole des enfants francophones. Les deux tests ont été construits minutieusement de manière à respecter la structure segmentale et syllabique du français québécois à l'oral.

Le premier outil, le Test de Dépistage Francophone de Phonologie (TDFP), comporte 30 items. Ce test peut être utilisé comme outil de dépistage afin d'identifier les enfants qui ont des troubles phonologiques. Des normes ont été établies à partir de données amassées auprès d'enfants de maternelle et de première année. Les items du test, de même que les normes, sont accessibles dans le dossier suivant: TDFP, TDFP grille de cotation

Le deuxième outil, le Test Francophone de Phonologie (TFP), comporte 54 items et peut être utilisé pour la sélection et la planification des objectifs à travailler en thérapie. Les auteurs travaillent actuellement à la préparation de publications qui démontreront l'utilisation de cet outil diagnostique. Cette information devrait être disponible d'ici un an. Les items du test, de même que la grille de cotation, sont accessibles dans le dossier suivant: TFP, TFP grille de cotation

  The ECRIP Project


Children who present with a phonological disorder misarticulate more speech sounds than other children their age. They also have poorer speech perception abilities and phonological awareness abilities than their peers and are more at risk of presenting with reading difficulties. The objective of the research project was to test the relative efficacy of different combinations of three intervention components (individual therapy, home program and small group intervention) to improve speech production accuracy and phonological awareness skills in francophone children with a developmental phonological disorder. We found that the children responded very well to a combination of treatments that involved surprisingly little direct speech practice when all elements were implemented in a coherent fashion, specifically (input oriented individual speech therapy using the procedures focused stimulation, auditory bombardment, error detection tasks, and minimal pairs therapy; small group therapy targeting phonological awareness (teaching implicit knowledge of syllables, onsets and rimes); and a parent group intervention (teaching dialogic reading techniques). The intervention was implemented over a 12 week period with the individual treatment occurring first and the two group interventions following in the second 6 week block.

This randomized control trial was funded by a Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada grant to Dr. Susan Rvachew. The project was coordinated by Françoise Brosseau-Lapré, Ph.D., S-LP(c) who was supported by a doctoral fellowship from le Fonds de la Recherche en Santé du Québec. Dr. Brosseau-Lapré is currently an Assistant Professor at Purdue University.

The results of this study have been described in published papers, blogs, podcasts and many conference papers. Some useful links are as follows:

“A randomized trial of twelve-week interventions for the treatment of developmental phonological disorder in francophone children” (published report and complete procedure manual)

Scatterplots and Speech therapy (open access blogpost describing the trial results)

Testing Combinations of Phonological Intervention Approaches for Francophone Children (A “Behind the Science” Podcast)