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The Profile of Phonological Awareness (Pro-PA) was developed for the purpose of evaluating and describing the phonological awareness skills of children. Phonological awareness skills are related to speech sound and literacy development and should be assessed in children with difficulties in speech, language and/or reading (Catts, 1993; Gillon, 2002, 2005). Describing phonological awareness skills in students can make it easier for educators and clinicians to target early, and even later, reading difficulties as these foundational skills are strongly related to early and later reading skills (Catts, 1993; National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, 2000; Stanovich, 2000), writing skills (Clarke-Klein & Hodson, 1995), and speech and language skills (Carroll & Snowling, 2004; Gillon, 2000, 2002, 2005). This evaluation can be considered as part of a full speech, language, and/or literacy evaluation or can be stand alone.

The Profile of Phonological Awareness can be used to:
-Collect information regarding an individual’s phonological awareness skills.
-Help educators and clinicians choose areas of skill development to target, if required;
-Measure treatment effectiveness and skill growth over time;
-Ability to enter students’ information and track their progress overtime;
-Tests most areas of phonological awareness development with separate information about consonant clusters;
-Offers ability to choose which sections to administer and ability to skip sections without compromising totals;
-Ability to see students’ skill levels at a glance with colour coded scores;
-Ability to see a group of students’ average skill levels at a glance with colour coded scores;
-E-mail and/or print test results immediately after its administration;
-Color changing counter included to help students visualize segmenting and provide support to students when attempting segmenting;
-Automatic analyses of the following skill areas:
1. Rhyming - Identification and production
2. Blending - Syllables and sounds in words (including consonant clusters)
3. Isolating - First, last, and middle sounds in words
4. Segmenting - Words, syllables, and sounds (including consonant clusters)
5. Deleting - Syllables and the first sound in words (including consonant clusters)
6. Substituting - First and last sound in words
-Compatible with iPad running iOS 4.0 or later;
-Add notes throughout the assessment, with prewritten common errors or answer patterns available for faster administration;

The Pro-PA aids in obtaining a complete picture of a student’s individual skills in phonological awareness by assessing and analyzing errors and providing information about the approximate skill attainment in each individual area. An understanding of the profile of skill attainment as well as specific types of errors made by a child, which can be outlined in the notes, will result in an intervention plan that can more appropriately and specifically target the child’s phonological awareness difficulties.

The Pro-PA was developed by Tanya Coyle, a Canadian speech-language pathologist, and published by Smarty Ears. It can be used with individuals of all age groups.

A full manual is available at www.smartyearsapps.com.

What's New

Version 4.4

Fixes a small data bug for group results

Ratings and Reviews


Great app for baseline and follow up data

I LOOOVE this app. I work at a school that is VERY rigorous with kindergarteners expected to read quite well before entering first grade. As we SLP's know, a lot of our articulation kiddos with phonological orders have difficulty with phonological awareness. The app is very easy to use and I love the counter that the kids can use to segment words. The results are easy to print and/or email to teachers. I try to give it to my kiddos three times during the school year. I love seeing their percentages increase over the course of the year! And, I've never given a copy to a teacher who didn't agree with the results. It would be even better if there were graphs for us more visual peeps :-)


Great Phono App!

This app is a great tool for assessing students' phonological awareness in a concise, easy-to-use package. Smarty ears has made it very easy to analyze the results by color-coding the subsections of the overall test so you can see exactly where a particular student needs extra work. Despite covering a fair amount of ground, the test is pretty quick to administer, and you always have the option to skip a section if it's not appropriate for that child. All in all, I highly recommend this app to anyone who works with kids who have (or are suspected to have) phonological deficits! Money well spent!


Very useful for monitoring

I work at an elementary school where phonological awareness skills are of high importance. This app is well-designed, easy to use, and provides a way to monitor progress for students in specific areas. I don't have to administer the entire thing, but can focus on a particular area. It is also quick to give the entire test, too. The manual is helpful for explaining, as well as providing guidelines for skills by grade level.


Smarty Ears, LLC
15 MB
Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
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