|Hodson Assessment of Phonological Patterns: Third Edition (HAPP-3)|
by Barbara Williams Hodson
The HAPP-3 is a revised edition of the Assessment of Phonological Processes-Revised (APP-R). Designed for use with highly unintelligible children, aged 2 and up, it is an excellent way to:
- Code and categorize phonological deviations
- Determine problem severity, using mild, moderate, severe, and profound ratings
- Identify major phonological patterns to target in therapy
- Document treatment progress
The HAPP-3 includes a Comprehensive Phonological Evaluation as well as two screening tools, the Preschool Phonological Screening Form (for children ages 2 and older) and the Multisyllabic Screening Form (for ages 8 and above).
The two screeners can be individually administered in less than 5 minutes. Each uses objects and pictures to elicit 12 stimulus words. The examiner transcribes and summarizes the child's productions on the appropriate Record Form and then analyzes the results to determine whether further testing is needed. If it is, the examiner then administers the Comprehensive Phonological Evaluation, which again asks the child to name objects and respond to pictures. Fifty stimulus words are elicited in just 15 to 20 minutes. Record Forms for the Comprehensive Phonological Evaluation include space to summarize results, specify consonant and vowel inventories, assign severity ratings, and write a goal statement.
The HAPP-3 is norm referenced as well as criterion referenced. Normative data are provided for ages 3 to 8 years. The Manual explains coding instructions, provides deviation examples, and discusses phonological intervention procedures. An Appendix presents tables for converting raw scores to ability scores and percentiles (which may be required to qualify children for treatment).
The ideal choice for assessing highly unintelligible children, the HAPP-3 offers a relatively quick way to pinpoint the nature and severity of phonological deviations. It engages young children with interesting pictures and objects, all of which conform to choke-proof guidelines specified by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.