Speech and Language Evaluations

A speech and language evaluation is a comprehensive assessment/analysis of all aspects of communication. This includes understanding of language, language use, pronunciation, social interaction skills, fluency, voice and oral motor competence for swallowing. The assessment is conducted by a speech-language pathologist (SLP) with the assistance of the family. Based on the results, recommendations and a Plan of Care are then developed by the SLP.

Speech and Language Therapy

Therapy consists of a series of regularly schedules appointments to target specific speech and/or language goals which were identified during the evaluation process. These goals are usually accomplished over time. Therapy is conducted individually in most cases. Family members participate in the therapeutic process through home practice activities to promote carryover of newly acquired skills.

Speech and Language Screenings

Comprehensive screening of communication skills are conducted to determine if further testing is recommended. This is offered at daycares, preschools, and private schools.

Speech Disorders are the result of problems with the actual production of sounds. For example a child may have an articulation or fluency problem which results in stuttering. In such cases they may have articulation errors and may substitute a sound ie. w/r Wabbit versus Rabbit. A child may stutter by repeating a sound or whole word ie. In the S-S-S-Summer I visit-I-visit- I visit grandma.

Language Disorders are the result of the difficulty understanding how to put words together to communicate wants, needs and ideas. (For example, A child may say "hurt" but can't explain why they have pain or what happened to cause pain. This is an expressive disorder Receptive Disorders results from the inability to process language. This deficit is evident in the inability to answer Who, What, When, Where, How questions.

Proficient Oral competence is the ability to manipulate and maintain oral articulators tongue, teeth, and lips to speak, eat and swallow adequately.. Individuals with limited oral competence may have misalignment of teeth, assessive drooling, difficulites wiith swallowing and eating.