Speech Language Evaluations

Evaluations

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What does a speech and language evaluation provide?

A speech and language evaluation identifies whether there is a need for services or not. If so, a treatment plan and goals are designed to specifically meet the client’s needs. Comprehensive evaluations are conducted when a client has not yet been diagnosed or treated. Evaluations consist of standardized tests, parent, teacher and/or client interviews, and informal observations.

The process begins with a brief interview to determine the questions you would like testing to answer. Evaluation results include a diagnosis and therapy recommendations, when appropriate. The results are discussed in-person to allow individuals to ask questions and seek clarification.

Testing typically includes:

  • Two testing sessions of approximately two hours each.
  • Interviews with clients/caregivers regarding developmental, educational and health history.
  • Presentation/discussion of the testing results.

Speech and language evaluations may assess the following areas depending on the needs of the client.

  • Receptive language (what is understood in language).
  • Expressive language (how language is communicated).
  • Pragmatic language (social use of language and social skills).
  • Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC).
  • Bilingual language development (analysis of two language systems).
  • Articulation (analysis of the sounds a person produces when communicating).
  • Phonological disorders.
  • Motor speech difficulties and disorders (such as dysarthria and apraxia).
  • Fluency disorders (stuttering).
  • Vocal misuse and abuse.
  • Auditory processing difficulties.
  • Word-finding difficulties.
  • Executive Functioning.
  • Written language.
  • Reading abilities.
  • Working Memory difficulties.