About the MSAP

Despite or perhaps as a consequence of the many theoretical perspectives on Speech Sound Disorders (SSD) in the present and past century, there is no international or U.S. consensus on a standardized assessment protocol for research and practice in SSD. The Madison Speech Assessment Protocol (MSAP) was developed for a research program to classify the speech and motor speech disorders in SSD using the Speech Disorders Classification System (SDCS).

The MSAP is an approximately 2-hour battery of 25 measures that includes 17 speech and 8 other tests and tasks for use in educational, clinical, and research projects. Many of the MSAP tasks are used to compare a speaker’s competence under various evocation conditions (e.g., vowel and diphthong production in imitation tasks compared to production in conversational speech). Some of the tasks yield standardized summative and subscale scores from perceptual and/or acoustic data. Others yield descriptive information. Scoring guidelines and interpretation of scores were not addressed in Phonology Project research. Users can develop metrics relevant for specific clinical and research questions. Some of the information in the following sections is excerpted from the initial description of the MSAP in Shriberg et al. (2010).

Note to PEPPER Users: See PEPPER Guide 2 pp. 71-72 for instructions on formatting MSAP transcripts for PEPPER entry and printing pepforms.