A speech and language evaluation are performed in order to gain insight regarding your child’s speech and language skills within the context of his or her total development.
A SLP utilizes standardized observation scales and parental input in order to gather information about your child’s communication skills.
- Receptive Language: What a child understands
- Expressive language: What a child communicates
- Social Language: (Pragmatics)
- Oral motor skills
- Speech articulation
- Auditory processing
- Phonological awareness
The evaluations are scheduled for 60 minute sessions. During the evaluation, the evaluator will go over your child’s medical history and your concerns. The therapist will then perform the appropriate testing, which will typically include an articulation test and an oral mechanism evaluation. A general language sample is also collected to determine your child’s language abilities.
A Speech and Language Pathologist is integral in assisting with the diagnosis of Autism and Dyslexia.