"Communication is a SKILL that you can LEARN. It's like riding a bicycle or typing. If you're WILLING to work at it, you can rapidly IMPROVE the quality of every PART of your LIFE." Brian Tracy
A FREE phone consultation is available if you have any questions or concerns about your child’s communication difficulties.
Are you unsure if your child needs therapy? An informal speech and language screening is a 15-20 minute, one-on-one session with the Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) and your child either at the home or school setting. Speech and language screenings are brief assessments of your child’s articulation, language, fluency, and vocal quality through a standardized screening tool, conversation and/or play-based activities. A written summary of the findings will be provided along with one of the following recommendations: pursue a comprehensive evaluation, monitor your child’s speech or language for a period of time, or no further action necessary because your child’s skills are developmentally appropriate for his/her age. Parents will also have the opportunity to ask the speech pathologist questions and learn how they can support their child’s development. An informal screening will help determine if further speech-language evaluation or intervention is warranted.
Comprehensive Speech and Language Evaluation
A comprehensive speech and language evaluation includes formal assessments of articulation, language (receptive/expressive/pragmatic), and the oral mechanism as well as measures of fluency and vocal quality if there are concerns. It typically last between 1 ½ to 2 hours and may be completed on two different sessions if necessary. Prior to the evaluation, parents will be asked to complete a history intake form and questionnaire as well as provide copies of previous reports from other service providers, including doctors, therapists, and teachers. Formal testing will be completed to obtain standardized scores that will compare your child’s skills to same-aged peers. A written report will be provided which includes background information, results of testing, interpretations, recommendations, and an individualized treatment plan to meet your child’s specific needs. A separate follow-up meeting will be scheduled with parents to discuss the report and therapy goals.