Oral Narrative Assessment
When children turn 9 years of age, they are asked to look at a wordless picture book and tell a story to go with the pictures. The story is audio taped and transcribed by the speech pathologist after the assessment.
By assessing your child’s ability to tell a story we can measure authentic language, in other words, the language that your child would be using in everyday situations. Children are often asked to tell or write stories in the classroom, recount a funny or emotional event, talk about what they have done during the day or talk about a story they have just read. Assessing story telling skills also gives us a measure of speech and language abilities in connected speech, not just in single sentences.
When we analyse the oral narratives, we look at the amount and type of words that are used in the story, grammatical accuracy, fluency, how the story is connected as well as articulation and intelligibility.