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.