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