What is a speech and language screening and how is this different from a speech and language evaluation?
A speech and language screening typically lasts 15-20 minutes and is used to determine if a more comprehensive assessment/evaluation is indicated. Our screening tools are made up of a combination of standardized and informal measures. We assess articulation (speech sounds), expressive language (grammar, vocabulary, sentence length, sentence type), receptive language (associations, following directions), auditory memory, fluency and pragmatics (social language).
Following your child’s screening, you will receive a short report summarizing the results. A copy of the results may also shared with the child’s teacher. If the screening results suggest that your child may be having difficulties in speech and/or language, we will assist you with appropriate follow-up options.
Jennifer Katz, Inc. has been providing speech and language screenings for fifteen years in San Francisco. Our screening program was started as “May is Better Speech Language Hearing month” and has grown over time. We offer our screenings at many schools and preschools, including: Convent of the Sacred Heart, Cathedral School for Boys, Marin Preparatory School, French-American International School, Chinese American International, The Little School, Calvary Nursery School, Sweat Peas, Golden Gate Guppies, and Eureka Learning Center.
The importance, educationally and socially, of early identification and treatment of speech and language delays is well recognized and cannot be emphasized too strongly.