Your child's overall speech and language skills are assessed through parent interviews, play-based informal assessments, and (when needed) formal standardized assessments. 

If your child is struggling to communicate, an initial phone consultation will allow us to determine an appropriate plan for intervention. 

A speech assessment provides information regarding articulation and phonology skills, such as…

·     Which speech sounds are produced in error

·     In what context do the errors exist (words, phrases, sentences, etc)

·     Stimulability of sounds produced in error, when given strategies to assist in correct production

·     Other diagnoses that may contribute to the speech delay (e.g. Apraxia, Dysarthria, Ankyloglossia, etc). 

·     How your child’s speech compares to other children his/her age

A language assessment looks at your child’s expressive, receptive, and pragmatic language skills, including…

·     Comprehension and use of basic concepts

·     The number of words your child uses/understands

·     Sentence structure and utterance length 

·     Comprehension of spoken language as presented in a variety of contexts 

·     Use of language for social purposes (e.g. greeting, initiating conversation, commenting, etc.)

·     How your child’s language skills compare to same-age peers

A fluency assessment will determine…

·     If your child has atypical rhythm and fluidity of speech (i.e. stuttering)

·     The type of disfluencies and frequency at which they occur

·     How your child’s fluency skills compare to same-age peers

An assistive technology/augmentative and alternative communication assessment (for the non-verbal/minimally verbal child) provides information regarding…

·     The type of assistive technology that will best assist your child in his/her communication needs