Speech Language Assessments

Speech Language Assessments

We are often asked what our speech-language evaluations look like? Our assessments vary greatly depending on your child’s needs.

Language – Younger Children

These assessments are play-based and last approximately one hour. Caregivers are active participants in these assessments. These evaluations include a combination of:

  • standardized testing,
  • parent report
  • observations of parent-child interactions and therapist-child interactions

We might ask for a video of your child playing and interacting at home and school!

Language – Older Children

These assessments vary in length from a minimum of one-hour to four-hours. Due to fatigue, we generally we do not see children for longer than two-hours at a time. We recommend seeing children in the morning (when they are generally well rested).

These evaluations may include a combination of:

  • standardized testing
  • parent and teacher report
  • informal observations

Articulation

Some parents call and tell us exactly what sound(s) their child is having difficulty with and other times we hear “we can’t understand our child”. During an articulation assessment, we

  • Listen and analyze all sounds in all word positions using a combination of standardized tests and informal play/conversation
  • Examination of your child’s articulators (lips, teeth, jaw, etc)

Stuttering

Stuttering assessments generally last one hour. During a stuttering assessment a variety of speaking (and reading, if appropriate) situations are set up to listen to your child’s speech patterns. These may include:

  • conversation
  • automatic speech (counting, reciting the alphabet)
  • pressured speaking tasks
  • story telling
  • picture naming
  • sentence repetition

In addition to our direct time with your child we also ask for:

  • video clips of your child talking with a parent, peer and/or teacher
  • parent and teacher questionnaires

Feeding

Feeding assessments look very differently from child to child. Depending on the need’s of the child feeding assessments take place in our clinic, at home and at school. Our assessments include:

  • observations of snack and meal times with preferred and non-preferred foods
  • observations of mealtimes with a variety of feeding partners
  • oral motor assessment
  • parent and teacher questionnaires
  • consulting with child’s current team members

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