The Verbal Motor Production Assessment for Children – Revised (VMPAC-R) is now available. VMPAC-R is the only published, standardized and normed assessment of speech motor control in children (3 to 12 years). VMPAC-R is designed to aid in the systematic assessment of the neuromotor integrity of the speech motor system in children (3 to 12 years) who have speech disorders.
Speech-Language Pathologists may use the VMPAC-R for determining whether a speech motor issue underlies a child's speech sound disorder. If a child does have a speech motor issue, clinicians may use the VMPAC-R results to identify the levels(s) of disruption to the speech motor control system and to identify dynamic modalities (auditory, visual, tactile) that may help the child learn normalized speech motor control. The VMPAC-R also assists clinicians in developing effective intervention protocols and documenting changes in the child's speech motor abilities over time or as a function of intervention.
The VMPAC-R is a completely self-scoring, on-line web application with automatic profiling and progress tracking features. The VMPAC has been cited in over 160 publications, and according to McCauley and Strand (2008), "only the VMPAC provided norms that were adequately described" and came the closest to meeting psychometric requirements of any of the tests evaluated (McCauley & Strand, 2008; p.88). VMPAC has been used in a variety of populations (e.g., Cerebral Palsy, Speech Motor Delay, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Speech Delay, Autism spectrum disorder) to assess the development of speech and oromotor control.