The comprehensive speech and language assessment varies depending on the age and disorder but it often includes a detailed case history, clinical observation, oral motor screening, articulation testing, and language testing. The areas of fluency and voice are also screened and tested as needed. Depending on the child’s native language, standardized tests are utilized during the assessment. The purpose for administering standardized assessments is to make comparisons of your child’s speech and/or language development to those of his/her age-matched peers to determine if a delay or disorder exists.
Once testing and observations (including speech/language samples) are completed, the clinician will develop a comprehensive written assessment report, which involves a thorough analysis and interpretation of the assessment results. This report is considered a medical record and provides parents and other professionals, who may be working with your child, information regarding the child’s strengths and weaknesses in the areas of speech and language skills and it will indicate whether Speech and Language therapy is warranted, the recommended frequency and duration of treatment, and the initial treatment goals/objectives; that were developed based on the assessment results.