Expressiveness of voice professionals: construction process of a speech-language pathology assessment script

Telma Dias dos Santos Léslie Piccolotto Ferreira About the authors

ABSTRACT

Purpose

To create a consensus version of a speech-language pathology (SLP) script to assess the expressiveness of voice professionals.

Methods

The process was divided into three stages: stage 1 included a survey of the literature and classification of the variables found in the instruments used; in steps 2 and 3, through teamwork, expert judges (focus groups I and II) created and adapted, along with the researcher, a consensus version of the expressiveness assessment script.

Results

The initial list presented to the judges contained 48 variables found in the literature: 11 related to emotional and interpretation aspects, 20 associated with oral expressiveness, three related to issues of verbal expressiveness, and 14 related to nonverbal expressiveness. In stage 2, the initial version of the script of the focus group I resulted in a document with 28 parameters, distributed in three thematic assessment groups: general aspects of communication, with three parameters; aspects related to oral expressiveness, with 16 parameters; aspects associated with body expressiveness, with nine parameters. In stage 3, after adequacy by focus group II, the consensus version also resulted in 28 parameters, distributed in two thematic groups.

Conclusion

The consensus version of the SLP expressiveness assessment script for voice professionals was finalized with 28 parameters, distributed in two thematic axes: initial impact of communication, with six parameters; expressiveness, with 22 parameters.

Keywords:
Communication; Voice; Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences; Evaluation Studies; Therapeutic Equivalency

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