Speech and Language Assessment
Speech refers to how we produce sounds, and affects our ability to be understood by others. A comprehensive speech assessment can evaluate a child’s speech development across several domains:
- articulation (how speech sounds are made)
- phonology (speech sound distribution and patterning)
- oral-motor function
Language refers to how children both use and understand words. Difficulty understanding others, following instructions, answering questions, recalling information, creating grammatical sentences, or expressing ideas may indicate difficulties with language.
A comprehensive, multi-perspective language assessment can pinpoint a child’s areas of strength and need, and guide the development of functionally relevant recommendations for intervention and accommodations.
Additionally, some individuals may be able to use language that is accurate in its content and structure, but have difficulty using it appropriately in social situations (e.g. difficulty initiating, maintaining, or ending conversations).
Exploring an individual’s pragmatic language skills can provide insight into their social skills and guide intervention planning and supports.
Functional communication assessment
For individuals not yet using verbal speech to fully communicate, a functional communication assessment can help you understand the status, progress, and unique needs of your child using alternative or augmentative forms of communication, or who are functioning at the early stages of communication.
Early language development assessment
There are many different aspects of communication and interaction that are vital to later language learning, such as:
- comprehension, and
- language expression.
For young children aged 0-3 years, a comprehensive assessment can provide essential information about preverbal and verbal language development, and reveal where your child is along his or her unique developmental pathway.