Speech-Language Evaluation Servicesfor
If you think your child needs Speech-Language Evaluation Services, you could be right. After all……you know your child better than anyone.
Here are a few things to expect if you take your loved one in for any type of speech and language evaluation.
The therapist will ask you questions about your:
History of hospitalization/injuries/illnesses
Communication History (including speech and language development information, which can all be found on our right navigation bar)
The more information you are able to share with the therapist, the better.
The more the therapist knows the easier it is to see the “whole picture” and allow for a more accurate diagnosis and tailor therapy (if necessary) to treat the deficits to the highest extent possible.
At the end of the speech and language evaluation, you will get to hear the Speech-Language Pathologists findings. Recommendations will be made for direct or indirect therapy, or monitoring and follow-up appointments. You may be told things that you can do at home, things to be done at school, or what direction therapy will go.
Referrals to other professionals such as…
Occupational Therapists (life skills)
Physical Therapists (physical development)
Otolaryngologists – ENT (ear, nose, throat)
Psychologists (behavioral and other disorders)
…can also be made. Follow the referrals. Better safe than sorry.
Depending on the circumstances, such as voice, resonance, and hearing problems, a therapist may refuse to treat your child until the collaborating professional is consulted.
This is a sign of a good SLP because he/she knows that doing therapy with an underlying problem is useless and unethical.
Don’t hesitate to get a 2nd opinion if you feel like you need one, and do your best to find a therapist that you can get along well with.
The stronger your relationship with the therapist is……the more effective therapy will be.
Go prepared to your Speech-Language Evaluation
Take audio or video recordings if you have any because sometimes (like in stuttering), the therapist may not see a demonstration of speech that is typical of what you usually see at home or school.Sound Hearing Audiology and Speech – Dr. Robin Zeller, Ph.D.
50 Hazelwood Drive, Jericho NY 11753
Audiologist, Speech Language Pathologist, Speech Therapy, Hearing Aids, Hearing Loss Treatments for Adults and Children