Our speech-language pathologists provide diagnostic assessment, consultation, and treatment of various speech and/or language issues for all ages.*
During a speech and language assessment, a speech-language pathologist evaluates the child to determine the speech and language skills he or she needs to target in therapy. The therapist will determine a child’s specific strengths and needs to establish an organized plan of treatment intervention. Speech-language pathologists also work closely with the family and caregivers of the child or client.
Case History Form
Review of Prior Test/Reports
Motor Speech Production/Articulation Assessment, which may include examination of oral motor structure, voice, resonance, and fluency.
Comprehensive Language Assessment, including vocabulary, comprehension, fluency, syntax, reading, and/or writing.
Informal Assessment, which may include checklists, language sample, speech sample, and surveys.
Diagnosis and Description of Findings
Consultation and Recommendations
During Assessment and Therapy
A comprehensive case history will be conducted along with assessment in order to get a detailed profile of your child's communicative strengths and needs. Assessment is through observations and testing, using a range of formal and informal assessments, as appropriate. It will include observing your child in play and interacting with you; responding to questions and instructions etc.
Assessment is commenced as part of the 'Initial consultation' session and is often continued in subsequent sessions depending on the complexity of your child's case. Children with more complex profiles or those requiring assessment for an 'Education, Health and Education plan' will often require 3 sessions to conduct an in-depth assessment. This usually includes observations of the child in school and liaison with teaching staff.
If it is felt appropriate for your child to have 'therapy', sessions will be offered to meet your child's needs, usually twice or thrice a week. Therapy sessions last 30 - 45 minutes - and will be conducted through fun and engaging activities, targeting your child's specific needs.
An articulation disorder is a speech disorder where a person has difficulties with the way sounds are formed and strung together, usually characterized by substituting one sound for another (wabbit for rabbit), omitting a sound (ca- for cat), or distorting a sound (shlip for sip).
When a person cannot hear as well as others. It can be present at birth (congenital), or become evident later in life (acquired). Children with hearing loss may have difficulty achieving speech and language milestones without early intervention.
A person has a fluency disorder when speech is disrupted by involuntary repetitions and prolongations of sounds, syllables, words or phrases, and involuntary silent pauses or blocks, in which the stutterer is unable to produce sounds.
A phonological disorder is a language-based speech disorder. A child with a phonological disorder demonstrates difficulty in learning and organizing sounds needed for speech production, or misrepresents sounds needed for spelling and reading.