How's My Speech?
The following tool allows you to screen your speech to determine whether you need speech therapy.
It’s free, easy to use and takes only 30 seconds.
Just click on the button below and loudly say the two tongue twister sentences on the page, once done the results will be presented.
Why is it important to evaluate your Speech?
Speaking is a critical part of our communication and is something that we all do every day. Your communication skills are very important to successfully convey your wishes, needs and allow others to understand you.
Communication impairments can lead to low self esteem, underperformance in school and work, social challenges, and other unwanted consequences.
What elements of speech are being evaluated?
When we conduct a professional speech evaluation, we evaluate six elements:
1. Pronunciation - Pronunciation is a basic quality of language learning. Poor pronunciation can obscure communication and prevent a person from making his meaning known. When evaluating the pronunciation, we listen for clearly articulated words, appropriate pronunciations of unusual spellings, and assimilation and contractions in suitable places. We also listen for intonation. Are you using the correct inflection? Do you use a different inflection of a question from that of a statement?
2. Fluency - How comfortable you are when you speak? How easily do the words come out? Are there long pauses and gaps in your speaking? You can have excellent grammar and language understanding but still be challenged with fluency. We want you to be at ease when you speak to others and sound coherent to them. Fluency is a judgment of this ease of communication and is an important criterion when evaluating speaking.
3. Accuracy - Writing sentences with correct grammar, is not the same as accurate spoken grammar.
For example, are you able to use multiple tenses? Do your sentences have tense agreement? Is the word order correct ? All these and more are important speaking grammar issues, and an effective speaker will successfully include them their language.
4. Vocabulary - Vocabulary comprehension and vocabulary production are two separate banks of words in the mind of a speaker, native as well as for non native speakers.
What is the level of vocabulary you are able to produce?
Are you using vocabulary appropriate to the contexts in which you are speaking?
5. Communication - A person may struggle with grammar and pronunciation, but how creative is he when communicating with the language he knows? We look at the creative use of the language you know to make your points and arguments understood. Even if you have a low level of vocabulary and grammar, you might still have an excellent communication skills if you are able to make others understands you. Don’t let a lack of language skill keep yourself from expressing yourself. The more creative you can be with language and the more unique ways you can express yourself, the better you overall communication skills will be.
6. Interaction - Being able to interact with others is an important part of communication. Are you able to understand and answer questions of other people? Do you give appropriate responses in a conversation? These are necessary elements for clear and effective communication. A person with effective interaction skills will be able to answer questions and follow along with the conversation that occurring around him. Great oratory skills will not get you very far if you cannot listen to other people and respond appropriately.
How our tool evaluates your speech?
We developed speech recognition software that is designed to listen to specific cues and markers in your speech. These markers are ranked and weighted by our algorithm and provides a weighted average score that places your speech either above or below the average speaker.
When your score is below the average speaker, we recommend having a more detailed conversation with a licensed speech and language pathologist that can further evaluate your speech and can recommend a plan of care to correct any speech impediment.