The primary purpose of an evaluation is to determine if your child's speech-language is progressing at a rate that is on target for his/her age group. If your child demonstrates difficulty, the evaluation will provide valuable information regarding the type of errors or difficulties your child is demonstrating and assist in developing an appropriate and effective treatment plan for speech and language therapy.
Speech and Language Evaluations
Articulation Evaluation (many sounds), formal evaluation with written report: $280
Includes the following: Review of records and previous reports; Administration of informal and formal articulation measures (approximately 60 minutes); Analysis and interpretation of data obtained; Written report (typically about 3 pages) including recommended goals and course of treatment; Consultation with parent(s) to review (approximately 30 minutes).
If your child has difficulties with articulation as well as language, you will want to schedule a comprehensive speech-language assessment instead, which would also include an articulation evaluation.
What does it entail?
- Observe your child’s speech in a variety of contexts
- Note and observe your child’s speech prosody, rate, and overall vocal quality/resonance
- Observe the movement/posture of the oral muscles looking for the presence of physical features that may be impeding typical speech production
- Assess stimulability (determine if the child is able to adequately produce a sound when provided with verbal, visual, tactile or auditory cues)
- Identify the presence of phonological processes.
- Administer formal tests
Comprehensive Assessment, formal evaluation with written report: $700
Includes the following: Review of records and previous reports; Administration of informal and formal measures (approximately 2-3 hours); Analysis and interpretation of data obtained; Written report (typically 5-7 pages) including recommended goals and course of treatment; Consultation with parent(s) to review (approximately 45-minutes).
What does it entail?
- Observation of child's articulation
- As applicable, administer formal tests explore skills related to:
- Language comprehension at various levels of difficulty
- Language expression (sentence construction, describing, retelling, explaining)
- Word retrieval
- Pragmatics (social language use, conversational skills)
- Written language
- Phonemic awareness
- Auditory skills (discrimination, memory
- Observe overall speech and language functioning in naturalistic context (during play, conversational samples, etc)
- Assess voice and fluency skills
- Note and observe use of signs, gestures, and other alternate forms of communication